Terroir gives wine its sense of place. Technically about the unique qualities of the land, terroir more broadly means all of the natural elements of the growing environment – the soil, climate, topography, geography – as well as the history and romantic intangibles of a vineyard.
Jungle Love Vineyard’s location in the Oak Knoll District gives us a long growing season in the sweet spot between cool Carneros and the intense heat up valley. Our sometimes-foggy mornings give way to bright sunny days and bright, big flavors in our wines. The well-drained soil is warm and rich: an ancient alluvial fan that is gravelly in places, but mostly loamy clay.
We are committed to farming our vineyard in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way. Using Precision Viticulture Management practices, we can attend to different areas of the vineyard – and even individual vines – according to the particular needs of that area or vine. This allows us to optimize vine health and vineyard performance while strictly limiting the use of irrigation, fertilizers and pest control chemicals. We are in the process of applying for Fish Friendly Farm certification. We believe that good stewardship of the land will be rewarded by good wine for many years to come.
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Clones: 4 and 337
Year planted: 2006
Topography: Flat Valley Floor
Row Spacing: 8 feet
Vine Spacing: 5 feet
Trellis Design: Divided Bilateral
Row Orientation: North-South
Our Chardonnay comes from a lovely neighboring vineyard: Weka Ranch. We decided to add a Chardonnay to the Okapi portfolio after tasting the wonderful fruit from this two-acre Oak Knoll District parcel.
The vines there are hand-farmed, and the grapes hand-picked in late September or early October. They are all Wente clone on St. George, and are over 20 years old.