I’d like to share a video from Crushpad about Eaglepoint Ranch, the vineyard where my lovely grapes were grown. Here’s the intro:
From the very start Eaglepoint Ranch was not like other vineyards. The plan, devised by visionary horticulturist John Scharffenberger in the mid 70s, was hatched well before the term biodiversity was in vogue
with grape growers. The vineyards of Eaglepoint Ranch are split into 29 small blocks totaling only 85 acres of vines on a ranch that is spread over 1,200 acres of rugged mountainous terrain in Mendocino County. Positioning the small vineyard blocks in only the most advantageous locations while preserving the forest, streams, and natural wildlife habitat makes Eaglepoint Ranch stand out from most vineyards planted at the time where land was cleared and vines planted fencepost to fencepost. It might cost more to farm these small mountaintop blocks of vines but the payoff is evident in the bottle.
You can watch the full video here. I think the most interesting part is that by respecting the biodiversity of the land, they’ve been able to avoid using insecticides for ten years. Also interesting (and this, I’ll admit, did have something do do with why I chose to use Eaglepoint grapes) John Scharffenberger is also the founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate. I highly recommend taking the factory tour if you’re ever in Berkeley. Some trivia: Since John Scharffenberger was using his last name for the wine business, when he started the chocolate company, he was told that he could only use the name if he split it into two words. John, I feel your pain with the whole brand name ordeal. Je Suis very happy that we’ve finally found a name.