Our Temecula Estate Vineyards
Robert Renzoni Estate Vineyards is comprised of 12 acres in the Temecula Valley that is naturally suited to grape growing. Nine of the vineyard’s acres are planted to the classic Bordeaux & Italian grape varieties in 6 vineyard blocks:
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 8 & 4 (3 acres)
- Pinot Grigio, Clone 4 (3 acres)
- Sangiovese, Brunello Clone 5 (3 acres)
Because of the diversity of sun exposure, elevation, microclimate and soil type Robert Renzoni Winery produces many different wine lots from the 6 different vineyard blocks. We believe the diversity of the property contributes to the high quality and uniqueness of the fruit we grow.
Planted in 1998 and with nearly ten years of growth, the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard has lost its youthful exuberance and has gracefully developed into a balanced vineyard that needs little manipulation to produce low yields and concentrated flavors. The younger Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio vines were planted on the Robert Renzoni Estate in 2007.
That the Robert Renzoni Estate vineyards were not been planted throughout the early growth in Temecula Valley’s vineyard development is essential. While some vineyards were overtaken with Pearce’s disease in the early to mid-1990s and subsequently plagued by an assault of aggressive mechanical and chemical remedies, the Robert Renzoni Winery’s vineyards remained untainted. When Robert began to develop the vineyard in 2006, the soils were alive, healthy and free from any disease.
Developing Our Temecula Valley Vineyards
Starting with uncultivated land allowed the Robert Renzoni Winery to custom design the vineyard’s arrangements. In each specific soil type and microclimate we applied exacting aspects of vineyard innovation such as terrace selection, soil preparation, density of planting, trellis systems and selection of appropriate rootstock and clones.
The most significant lesson we learned while cultivating our vineyards is the need to keep the soil alive with an assortment of plant life. The Robert Renzoni Estate manages pests with organic materials, cover crops and other innovative and environmentally-friendly practices, and only when required. From its very inception, the Robert Renzoni Winery’s vineyards have been maintained with a strict criterion of care for the plants, soil and the environment.
We believe one of the influential features that makes our Temecula winery and vineyard special is that the vines we raised are the original vines planted in our soil.
Planted in 1998, Cabernet Sauvignon was the first plantings we put into our twelve acre Estate. In 2007, we expanded to an additional three acres of Brunello Sangiovese, and three acres of Pinot Grigio. The soil is decomposed granite and sandy loam.
Vineyard di Domenico
Planted primarily to Clone 8, Cabernet Sauvignon (three acres), we planted this vineyard in the late 90s and purchased it in 2006. In 2007, the rich sandy soil produced what we expected to be an exquisite vintage that we enjoyed in 2009.
Vineyard di Federico
Comprised of three acres of Brunello cloned Sangiovese, these grapevines are essentially “off the boat” from Tuscany Italy. If Barolo is the King of Italian grape varietals, the Brunello is certainly the Queen. Produced on the Robert Renzoni Winery Estate, Brunello becomes delicate, fragrant and sometimes mysterious.
Robert planted this 3-acre vineyard with Pinot Grigio, clone 4. The well-drained soil is decomposed granite and sandy loam, and produces grapes with the intense varietal character, true to its Northern Italian roots.
Additional Robert Renzoni Vineyard Features
Each of the Robert Renzoni Estate’s vineyard blocks is carefully matched to a specific rootstock best suited for the soil type found in the block. The benefits of careful rootstock selection include better vigor control, disease resistance and drought tolerance. At our Temecula winery, vineyard management includes continuously re-evaluating available rootstocks and block improvement and on-going replanting.
Three specific clones were chosen for the Robert Renzoni Winery; the Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio clones were precisely selected to suit the soil, climate and type of wine the Renzoni’s intended to produce.
The Robert Renzoni vineyard is almost entirely planted using a unilateral cordon with vertical trellising. This allows us to manage the canopy for maximum balance, good light penetration and the proper ratio of leaves to berries.