The Original Grandpère Vineyard: Powerful Women, Grapes and Wines
|Terri Harvey among the ancient, revered Zinfandel in her Original Grandpere Vineyard|
Farmers, dreamers, risk takers...
|Plymouth girl: Prospect Cellars' Jamie Colburn-Lubenko|
Woman under the influence of rickety old vines
In the aforementioned Original Grandpère Vineyard – that is, what remains of Mahala Teter Upton’s original Zinfandel vines in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley AVA – you will see curving tracks of a tractor wheels between the rows of spindly, gnarly limbed, head trained, spur pruned old plants; many with trunks split in two, their cores long rotted away, standing 8 by 8-feet across along the site’s sloping, northwards facing hill.
|Close-up of ancient Original Grandpere Vineyard Zinfandel|
|Chalkboard in Prospect Cellars|
|Vino Noceto winemaker Rusty Folena|
Just to get it all straight: Zinfandels from Mahala Teter Upton’s own-rooted 1869 planting are currently bottled as Original Grandpère Vineyard. Today, these wines are produced by just four wineries – Andis Wines (located nearby on Shenandoah Rd.), MacchiaWines (based in Lodi), Vino Noceto (as OGV Zinfandel), and Scott Harvey Wines (who calls it Vineyard 1869).
Next, Part 2 - Cooper Vineyards Barbera: The dollar that changed a region
|Close-up of 146-year old Original Grandpere Zinfandel in sandy clay loam soil|