The Tondre Grapefield

When we began discussion of a Pinot-focused brand, we both knew the first place to start was Santa Lucia Highlands. 6400 acres of primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay spanning 18 miles traveling north and south along highway 101, The Santa Lucia Highlands perches on the east-facing terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range to the south of breezy Monterey Bay on California’s central coast. The wines produced are generous with moderate acidity balancing the rich fruit flavors.

Craig had experience working with several vineyards throughout SLH while making wines for La Rochelle Winery and had connections with several growers. Unbeknownst to Craig, Collin had always been a huge fan of the wines from Tondré Grapefield. As it turned out, Craig had already reached out to Joe Alarid, owner and farmer of Tondré because it was his first choice for fruit as well. Joe and his father planted the vineyard in 1997 and have increased plantings over the years to now have over 100 acres under vine, the majority of it Pinot Noir. Various clones are planted on the property to take full advantage of the varying terrain; elevation and exposure changes, soil variations, etc. Joe is a craftsman in the vineyard and has garnered a tremendous reputation as one of the region’s best growers for small produces. He has been instrumental in helping us get this brand off the ground and we are forever grateful for his guidance early on.

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