vineyard evolution

Third Harvest at Gantz Family Vineyards

Third Harvest at Gantz Family Vineyards

Gantz Family Vineyards’ third harvest got under way early Saturday morning at 2:30 a.m. when three crews from Cornerstone Certified Vineyard – 26 very hardworking people – showed up to begin snipping our fruit off the vines. Seven hours later, the crew had seven tons of Pinot Noir fruit to deliver to Kosta Browne Winery.

Trunk Training At Gantz Family Vineyards

Trunk Training At Gantz Family Vineyards

We've been trunk training the 500-600 new plants that make up our expanded Pinot block, our new Chardonnay block and re-plants of failed vines throughout the vineyard. It's historic work when you consider that those crooked, gnarly trunks you see in old vineyards were once very delicate shoots.

Adding A Second Irrigation Line

Adding A Second Irrigation Line

We added a second irrigation line recently in order to better see to the needs of individual Pinot Noir plants. The compact size of Gantz Family Vineyards – we have 4.5 planted acres – allows us to manage the property on a micro-level and pay this kind of attention.

Gantz Family Vineyards' New Manager: Jim Pratt

Gantz Family Vineyards' New Manager: Jim Pratt

Gantz Family Vineyards is proud to announce our new relationship with vineyard manager Jim Pratt and his company, Cornerstone Certified Vineyard. Jim has 30 years of experience overseeing vines here in the Russian River Valley and specializes in managing small vineyards like ours.

Bird Problems in the Vineyard

it seems that our love and attention has caused havoc in the vineyard. By making sure there is food and water for our feathered friends, they have decided that this is the place to be. And just about the time Kosta Browne wants our fruit, when the grapes are ripe with sugars, the birds have decided they want our grapes, too.