Seghesio Completes Purchase of Russian River Valley Vineyard


One of Sonoma's top zinfandel wineries welcomed a new member to the family.
This week Healdsburg-based Seghesio Family Vineyards acquired 24-acres of old-vine zinfandel known as the Montafi Ranch Vineyard. The purchase adds another source for Seghesio's Sonoma, Home Ranch, Cortina, Old Vine and Rockpile zins.
Seghesio currently oversees 300 acres of vineyards in Alexander, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek. Montafi is considered a top-notch source for zin.
According to winemaker Ted Seghesio, old-vine zinfandel is hard to come by in the Russian River Valley. In a recent interview, he likened the few remaining old-vine locations to “vineyard treasures”.

The Montafi land was previously held by the Carlisle group of wineries and vineyards.
The vineyard was first planted in 1926 by Bernardo Montafi. Neighbor and fellow winemaker Tom Feeney used cuttings from Montafi's vines to plant his own zinfandel.
In the 1980's the Montafi Ranch plot was used for white zinfandel.
Feeney bought the vineyard in 1999 and changed its name to Tom Feeney Ranch. When Carlise Winery & Vineyards bought the vineyard in 2006, they changed the name back to Montafi Ranch to pay homage to the vineyard's original owners.
The Montafi land is registered with the California-based Historic Vineyard Society, who notes the ranch's grapes' taste characteristics include “blackberry, boysenberry, bay leaf, eucalyptus, sometimes pepper, sometimes orange rind.”
Seghesio's newest acquisition grows in huichica loam and is divided into two blocks. Zinfandel composes 92 percent of the first block's grapes, while the second block is composed of 85 percent zinfandel. The grapes also include varying amounts of petite sirah, Alicante bouschet and grand noir.

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