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Scheid Vineyards - Vineyards

Vineyards

"Great wine begins in the vineyard". A truism if ever there was one. It is indisputable that wine quality is inextricably linked to where the grapes are grown. The balance of ripeness and acidity, and the interplay between aroma and flavor, are largely determined by climate. When Al Scheid first purchased property in Monterey County in 1971, he did so based on the advice of Professor A.J. Winkler, a viticultural authority from the University of California at Davis, who classified grape growing regions by climate. Monterey County was classified as Regions I and II, comparable to Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy and Bordeaux.

Flanked by the Gabilan mountain range to the east and the Santa Lucia Mountains to the west, the Salinas Valley maintains its cool coastal conditions due to the influence of the Monterey Bay. Under these waters lies the deepest submarine gorge on the west coast of the United States, known as the Monterey Canyon. As massive as the Grand Canyon, this steep, twisting phenomenon almost perfectly bisects the seafloor of the Bay and causes a condition called upwelling. Upwelling brings the frigid water of the deep sea to the surface, cooling the marine air that hovers over the Monterey coast. Each day, the rising hot air from the Salinas Valley pulls the chilled marine air down its corridor. This cooling down effect allows grapes to ripen more slowly and evenly, resulting in a growing season which can be up to two months longer than other wine growing regions. Winegrowers call this lengthening of the growing season "hang time". Increased hang time leads to exceptional wines that exhibit intense fruit flavors, deep color extraction, and full varietal expression.

Our eleven estate vineyards are located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley, encompassing four primary climate zones. The unique geography of Monterey County and the diversity of our estate vineyards allow us to grow many different varieties in a spectrum of styles. Each of our 39 varietals is planted in the location or locations that is best-suited to expressing the highest quality for that grape.

SCHEID BY THE NUMBERS:
Estate Vineyards 11
Acres 4,000
Distance from North to
South (in miles)
70
AVAs 4
Varietals Planted 39
Clones of Pinot Noir 20

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  • MICRO-CLIMATE REGION I

    Designated by our mineral blue label, this is the cool climate area of northern Monterey County, where the morning fog often lingers until mid-day. In this coolest of our growing regions, the yields are low. Known for producing elegant, layered wines of delicacy and balance, it is the ideal spot for ultra-premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay displays a flinty, mineral character, revealing a very Burgundian flavor profile. The Pinot Noir is typified by vibrant red fruit, complexity and a lush quality.

    VINEYARDS

    Riverview

    VARIETALS GROWN

    Chardonnay

    Pinot Noir

  • MICRO-CLIMATE REGION II

    Designated by our green label, this is the Greenfield area, known for foggy mornings and cool afternoon winds. These conditions produce wines of intense varietal character and vivid aromas. The mean annual air temperature is about 60°F and evening coastal fogs in the spring and summer often linger until mid-morning the following day. The result is a longer growing season than other premium areas and wines that are typified by vibrant fruit character and balanced acidity.

    VINEYARDS

    Elm

    Scheid

    Viento

    Baja Viento

    Hacienda

    Mesa del Rio

    VARIETALS GROWN

    Chardonnay

    Pinot Noir

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Gewürztraminer

    Merlot

    Syrah

    Pinot Gris

    Pinot Blanc

    Riesling

    Albariño

  • MICRO-CLIMATE REGION III

    Designated by our amber label, this is the San Lucas appellation, with sunny days tempered by cooling ocean breezes. Here, the days are warmer and longer, yet cool down quite dramatically when the sun goes down. Fruit-forward and softly-textured wines are the hallmark of this region, known for producing an outstanding array of varietals.

    VINEYARDS

    San Lucas

    Kurt's Vineyard

    VARIETALS GROWN

    Chardonnay

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Merlot

    Syrah

    Zinfandel

    Semillon

    Viognier

    Muscat Canelli

    Grenache

    Grenache Blanc

    Primitivo

    Cinsault

    Sangiovese

    Tempranillo

  • MICRO-CLIMATE REGION IV

    Designated by our burgundy label, this is the Hames Valley appellation, known for long, warm days that make this an ideal area for sun-loving reds. This region produces balanced, full-bodied wines of intensity, such as Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

    VINEYARDS

    Hames Valley

    VARIETALS GROWN

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Petite Sirah

    Petit Verdot

    Tannat

    Malbec

    Mourvedre

    Marsanne

    Roussanne

    Cabernet Franc

    Touriga Nacional

    Tinta Cão