Last Chance Grenache!

21st Jul 2018 @ 10:55 by Santosh


What happens to a vineyard deferred? Okay, that may not be the exact quote from the esteemed Langston Hughes, but the idea holds for our Old Vine Grenache. Sourced from the Highland Vineyard in the Sacramento Valley, our bottles hold the last-ever grapes to be harvested from this sustainably-farmed, single vineyard.

So, what happened? At Kalā Wines, our mission is to work with small family vineyards. We strive to support the smallest of farmers, down to even micro plots; 1 acre at a time. We want to keep small family vineyards alive and independent, by prioritizing their grapes and always giving them a fair price. Their vineyards are all sustainably farmed with extraordinary care and the love that only a multi-generational family can have for the vines their grandparents planted. Thanks to the deep roots established during their decades-old histories, these vines need little, if any, additional irrigation. We saw the potential in the fruit from the Highland Vineyard and were delighted to use it in our inaugural Old Vine Grenache. But, by the time we began developing our wine, and truly tasted the incredible expression of these grapes, it was too late. This 70+ year-old vineyard and its beautiful fruit was not profitable for the family and they could not afford to farm it any longer. The family farm decided to push down these old vines and replant with almonds.

What can we all do to preserve and support the small heritage vineyards of California? We’ll do our part by continuing to seek out the most special of California’s small heritage vineyards for Kalā Wines. And please do your part by continuing to support small-batch, carefully curated California wines like ours, which in turn supports the small farmers from whom we source our grapes. And in the meantime, let’s all raise a glass of our last-chance, the 2014 & 2015 Old Vine Grenache! The last ever from the Highland Vineyard.

Michelle Gilkey