40 Years of Winegrowing

This Spring Valley View Winery is celebrating our 40th growing season. I was only 4 at the time

but I do remember people stopping in asking what were doing and commented that it looked like

we were growing wooden stakes and not grapes! Many people thought we were crazy even

though Peter Britt had grown some of the same varieties 80 years earlies in Jacksonville. We

planted 12 acres to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Two years

later we added 14 acres to Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is amazing to see

all the growth that has taken take place over the years. Last spring we added 11 acres bringing

total up to 35. Most of the new acres are Pinot Noir, the variety that we first

produced in 1977. The variety that we have the most planted is Tempranillo a variety that we

only started producing in 2004 and has become one of our most poplular wines that we make.

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