Turtle Vines Vineyard – Russian River Valley, California

Sunrise

Our goal is to farm organic vines that produce intensely flavored Pinot noir grapes that reflect our unique terroir.

Turtle Vines is located in Sebastopol CA within the famed Russian River Valley. We are organically farmed and were CCOF Certified in 2013.

Pictured above was a lovely fall day after our first harvest in 2012!

2009
Sonoma County Permit
26 tons of amendments, tilling and discing
Layout and infrastructure installed
5′ x 40″ spacing at 42 degrees from N/S

2010
Planted 3130 Vines
50% Pommard / 50% 667 on 101-14 rootstock in Sebastopol soil

2011
Trunk development and weed management

2012
First Harvest 9/23 of 0.7 tons

2013
Harvest 9/11 of 2.6 tons

2014
Harvest 9/4 of 3.8 tons

2015
Harvest 8/23 of 2.1 tons (poor fruit set)

2016
Harvest 9/4 of 3.5 tons

2017
Harvest 9/18 of 4.9 tons

2018
Harvest 9/24 of 6.8 tons

If you follow the blog, you will know that except for weeding and the initial planting, we have done all the farming from 2010 until harvest 2012. ¬†Starting in 2013, we hired help for pruning, shoot thinning and harvesting…but still did about 60% of the work.

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