Stewardship of the land includes the use of sustainable, renewable farming practices.
In 1996, Merry Edwards purchased this 24-acre site, an abandoned apple orchard southwest of the Sebastopol city limits. Two years later, she converted the entire parcel to Pinot Noir. Meredith Estate vineyard grows in an area known locally as the Sebastopol Hills.
On this cool southern edge of Russian River Valley, summer fog shrouds the area, typically until midday. Vine growth is carefully monitored, with a dedicated vineyard crew positioning shoots and thinning the crop three to four times each growing season. They determine irrigation requirements by measuring precisely the moisture content of the grape leaves.
Stewardship of the land includes the use of sustainable, renewable farming practices. A cover crop perennially reseeds itself between the vine rows, reducing erosion of the steep, sloping terrain and supporting beneficial insect populations. Natural amendments, including grape pomace and mushroom compost, replenish the soil with valuable micronutrients. Owl boxes and hawk perches encourage natural control of rodents and other pests.
About This Vineyard
- ACREAGE: 24 total; 20 planted
- EXPOSURE: South/southeast; 8-12% slope
- SOIL TYPE: Goldridge Sandy Loam
- YEAR PLANTED: 1998
- ROOTSTOCK: 10114 and Schwarzmann
- SCION WOOD CLONE: Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777; field selection: Joseph Swan Vineyard, UCD37 (isolated by Merry Edwards at Mount Eden Vineyard, aka the Merry Edwards selection)
- VINE SPACING: 5 x 8 feet; vertical trellis
- APPELLATION: Russian River Valley