“We have the luxury to devote attention at the most microlevel to our plants. Pinot Noir rewards that kind of care.”
— Clay Gantz
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The small size of Gantz Family Vineyards, just 4.5 planted acres, allows Clay Gantz to farm in a precise and labor-intensive manner. The hands-on work of trunk training, pruning, shoot positioning, leafing, irrigating and monitoring for pests have allowed Clay to get to know each and every vine; he works collaboratively with the rest of the vineyard team to make sure each plant gets what it needs. Clay and his wife Celeste bought the property in 2009, established the vineyard in 2010 and sold their first harvest to Kosta Browne Winery in 2013. Clay is an award-winning amateur winemaker who completed the certificate program in winemaking offered by the world-renowned Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, Extension for individuals employed in the wine industry. He is president of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers and chair of the Russian River Valley Neighborhoods Initiative.