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You cannot make superlative wines without starting with the best grapes, farmed with the best methods, and grown on the finest sites.  Ancien started by specially selecting a mere four rows from one knoll on one vineyard.  Since then, we have never stopped looking for new, unique, well-farmed sites to provide top quality fruit for our wines.  We have never allowed price or volume to override our own good sense about farming practice.

Today, Ancien sources fruit from ten different vineyard sites in eight different appellations, each one family-owned and each one farmed so that the vines are in balance and harmony with their environment.  A vineyard in balance yields the highest quality fruit, without the need for excessive manipulation (chemical or mechanical) for the longest period of time.  We have been instrumental in the design and planting of many of these vineyards, giving us the unique opportunity to watch them grow and to help bring them into balance and maturity.  And the others are farmed and cared for by people who’s philosophy is right in line with ours, people whose commitment to long-term, healthy, sustainable, family-owned farms can be tasted in our wines.

Toyon Farm
Napa, Carneros
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Perez Vineyard
Russian River
Pinot Noir

Shea Vineyard

Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir

Red Dog Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain
Pinot Noir
Fiddlestix Vineyard
Santa Rita Hills
Pinot Noir

Mink Vineyard
Napa Valley
Pinot Noir

Haynes Vineyard
Napa Valley
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Sangiacomo Vineyard
Carneros, Sonoma and Sonoma Coast
Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir

Los Cognees

Morey-St-Denis, Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir

Ann

Ann Kraemer

Ann is our consulting viticulturalist.  That means that she concentrates entirely on the growing of the grapes for making our wines--a good job for Ann, who is a walking encyclopedia of grape vine knowledge!  Ann has over 25 years of grape growing and grape tending experience.  She started out working for Domain Chandon and went on to work with wine-makers who are known today as industry standard bearers: Swanson, Hobbs, Cain, Calera, and Shafer.  Today, she manages her own family’s Shake Ridge Vineyard, in the Sierra Foothills, producing grapes for her family’s wine label, Yorba.  Ann walks all of our vineyards each week during the growing season, and then talks with Ken and with each of the vineyard managers, updating them on the grapes’ progress through their annual growth cycles.  Her level of scientific knowledge is staggering, but Ann will tell you that nothing can ever replace walking through the vineyards, touching the vines, and tasting the fruit.