In the mid-90’s California Zinfandel began positioning itself for a post-white Zin resurgence. However, quality selections were lacking. By sourcing cuttings from the state’s oldest, most prestigious vineyards, the Heritage Vineyard Project renewed California Zin.
Calling all Zinfandel lovers.
This illustrious grape’s past has as much drama as a soap opera. Thankfully, it continues to have as many fans. You likely know the story of how White Zinfandel saved many of the state’s oldest vines. But did you know the red Zinfandel you enjoy today is likely a direct descendent of some of the oldest vines in the United States?
“Each of the heritage clones have survived for a long time for many different reasons, based on the founders that were farming them. That is a great story in and of itself,” shares Dave Gates, senior vice president of vineyard operations for Ridge Vineyards.
Learn more in my latest article for Forbes.
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