The Michael Mara Vineyard is small, situated on flat rocky soil, and has expansive blue skies. The vines are visible from the road. As you pull into the driveway you can almost reach out and touch the vines.
As winemaker Chris says: "The site is very special, as the rocks in the soil came from a cataclysmic landslide. This Clone 4 Chardonnay works well with the site - giving it high acid, exposing the rocky terrain, for a unique expression of the grape."
Located just west of the town of Sonoma and at the base of the Sonoma Mountain range, Michael Mara Vineyard is planted on top of rocky lobe and red soil. It is truly a unique site for growing Chardonnay in California, with the fruit absorbing lots of the marine air along with minerality from the rocky soil. The vineyard was planted in 2006 by Steve Matthiasson and the Idell family and has always been farmed organically.
AVA: Sonoma Coast & Sonoma Valley
Farming Practices: Organic
Varietals Grown: Chardonnay
Wines Produced: Michael Mara Chardonnay