HEIBEL RANCH VINEYARDS
Heibel Ranch Vineyards started conceptually in 1999 and physically in 2000. Ten years later, we were excited to be releasing our first vintage! It has taken a lot of hard work and a little good fortune to make our dream a reality. We are also proud to proclaim that our family and friends were 100% hands on with nearly every project, including the installation of a weir, a mile of 4” pipe to collect our spring water, and clearing the brush & trees from the 1.9 acre site. The majority of this work being accomplished on weekends, holidays, and during "vacations".
In the Fall of 2002, after 3 years of predominantly family and friend labor, it was time to bring in the professionals. Piña Vineyard Management brought in Johnny White and their Caterpillar rip and rock-rake the vineyard site. The following year Josh Clark, of Clark Vineyard Management, and his crew took over; installing the deer fencing, water tanks, irrigation, pump station, frost sprinklers, trellising and all other necessities for a world-class Napa Valley vineyard. In May of 2003, we were finally ready to plant. Roughly one acre was dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon #338, a half acre to Zinfandel #8, and a third acre of Petite Sirah #4.
The vineyard is farmed organically and has been CCOF certified since 2007. Our water tanks are positioned a half mile away, over 100 feet above the vineyard to utilize gravity for drip irrigation, and we also have a pump station adjacent to a reservoir that supplies water to overhead sprinklers for frost protection. Like many Napa Valley growers, we are farming to grow the best wine grapes possible and anticipate approximately 4 to 5 tons out of the entire site, yielding 350 to 400 cases of wine annually.
There is so much more that I would love to share with you. So get your boots ready and come check out the ranch, just give me a shout!