Tag Archives: Provignage

Omar Oliver – The New Kid & his Block

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We are now 3 years deep into our unprecedented Syrah experiment! Short white cylinders protect tightly spaced vines spanning up the steep hillside in perfectly straight lines. Each plant roots downward within two meters of 8 neighboring vines. Stacked on top of one another to force competition, the vines immediately penetrate limestone subsoil. In 2013 we started with 50 special Syrah cuttings. 49 grew, and Read More →

Mother Vine’s Offspring: The Second Generation

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The most revolutionary vineyard block at Stolpman looks great in its second year! B A C K G R O U N D Ruben planted the Mother Vine Syrah cutting on February 15th, 2013. The Mother Vine, the healthiest of 50 special cuttings, grew alone on the hillside in order to leave room for its expansion. In March of 2014, Ruben, aided by his 4 year Read More →

Mother Vine inspires Father Times

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Stolpman’s Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solorzano and his four year old son Omar started the second generation of the Mother Vine/Provignage project. They put the Mother Vine’s three canes underneath the ground and arched up into the air, creating three new offspring connected to Mom. Next year, we hope to have twelve new vine-heads! Photographs by Kari Crist

Beginnings of the Grape Whisperer

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Ever since Journalist Matt Kettman crowned vineyard manager Ruben Solórzano The Grape Whisperer, both the Stolpman Vineyards family and the Solórzano family have teased Ruben quite a bit. We all know there is truth to this title. Ruben intuitively farms the ranch and hears, sees, and senses the vines’ health. He pushes the vines to the brink annually through the twists and turns of the Read More →

SYRAH and…? THE FUTURE OF STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

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We believe Syrah is the best suited grape for Ballard Canyon. Sangiovese also does exceptionally well in our vineyard, but it ripens simultaneously with Syrah. The timing creates one of our very best wines, La Croce, but it also creates a tough picking rush for La Cuadrilla and an insanely frantic period for Sashi and the winery. Enter Grenache, which has gained a fervent following Read More →

Our experiment in EXTREME PROVIGNAGE – New Syrah Block Take 2

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Sashi has long talked about the legendary practice of Provignage employed in ancient, pre-phyloxera Burgundy and Champagne. Accounts of the practice date back to Roman times. Vignerons planted one cutting, and layered the vine time and time again until one vine, one being, connected by a maze of buried shoots, took up an entire vineyard block, possibly the size of a hectare, perhaps even larger. Read More →