How Heritage Old Vines Renewed California Zinfandel

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.

How Heritage Old Vines Renewed California Zinfandel

Thank you for reading.

7 responses to “How Heritage Old Vines Renewed California Zinfandel”

  1. Delighted seeing a ‘listen’ option on your article. Amazing the overall Project resulted in 50-60 clones. Petersen and Gate’s talk of the old vines makes me think of them as wise men!

      • Hi Lynn. Thanks for your comments. Yes, Forbes added the ‘listen’ option a few months ago. So much better than having to navigate through all the adds. Thanks for listening. I think Peterson and Gates do appreciate the wisdom of the old vines. I love the Amador County connection. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Location variations trumped clonal variations – so fascinating! Zinfandel is really not my fav unless it is Ridge but I’m curious to have a Paso Robles Zin now that I know they tend to be earthier.

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