Buck Hill Vineyard
Buck Hill is a 3.5 acre vineyard that grows exclusively Zinfandel along with some table grape vines that line the top hillside. What makes this vineyard special is its soil and climate. The rich mix of volcanic soil and white ash arrived 3 million years ago with the eruption of Mount Saint Helena nearly 700 miles away to the north! The grapes grow in a more moderate climate, cooled by maritime breezes that waft in from the gap in the Sonoma Mountains near the city of Santa Rosa. This effect helps keep the alcohol low for wines like our delicately delicious Vine Starr.
Randy Apel organically farms the modest acreage, which resides in the Fountaingrove District AVA, a fairly new AVA (approved in 2015) within Sonoma County. The small area is inland from the Pacific at the eastern edge of Sonoma County with Sonoma Valley to the south and Russian River to the west.
Varietals Grown: Zinfandel
Wines Produced: Vine Starr Zinfandel