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Green Acres is one of the most sought-after of our Chardonnay vineyards.
It was New Year’s Eve, 1969 and Buck Sangiacomo was partying with his old buddies Jim and Rose Millerick. Around about 2 a.m. they got to talking about the future. By dawn they had hatched a plan for the Sangiacomos to plant grapes on Green Acres. It became the first vineyard the family planted.
Bob, Buck, Lorraine & Angelo in 1969 as
they prepared to plant their first vineyard.
The deal came at the perfect time as the Sangiacomo family was beginning to see their pear business fall into serious decline. The prospect of dipping their toes into the grape business opened new prospects for the future, one that would enable the family to continue to prosper.
The land was previously home to the large Scarafoni dairy. The Sangiacomo family worked hard in the early years to optimize the land for grapes, amending the soil and finding the right match of rootstock and clones.
Planted in 1969, Green Acres was the very first of the Sangiacomo family’s vineyards. Today Green Acres is one of the most sought-after of the family’s Chardonnay vineyards due to the distinctive character and intensity of the grapes. The greatest number of Sangiacomo-designated Chardonnays are made from this vineyard and it also is the source of grapes for more than two dozen wineries. There is one organically grown Chardonnay block and five of the original acres of Chardonnay (“The Heritage Block”) planted in 1969 to the Old Wente clone on St. George rootstock still remain. More than 20 clone and rootstock combinations are in the vineyard, including clones 4, 17, 548, 809, and Hyde and Old Wente selections. The vineyard is bordered by Sonoma Creek on the east with Fowler Creek running down the middle.
Certified Sustainable (CSWA)
Planted Acreage: 162
Varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Appellations: Carneros and Sonoma Coast