We have the opportunity to grow our vines in one of the most unique sites in California. But with this opportunity comes blood, sweat and tears. The very uniqueness that gives us the bold flavors so desired by both casual and connoisseur wine enthusiasts is also our greatest challenge.
Our wines are created in the gold-rich hills of Amador County at an elevation near 3000 feet, a unique location for several reasons. Firstly, the main road that bisects our vineyards runs nearly perfectly East-West, providing our vines Southern exposure throughout the year, ideal for growing. The mountains that surround our little outcropping give continual air flow from the San Joaquin Delta breeze, which swirls through the canyon constantly changing direction. Even on the hottest of days in August, a slight breeze is continually cooling our ridge top.
Our vineyard runs perpendicular to the ancient Mokelumne River Channel. The soil and its nutrients provide our wines a bold uniqueness rarely found. The harshness of the rocky terrain combined with it's nourishing soil put stress on the vines, which can be tasted in the wine. Each of our wines has a unique, bold, and heavy characteristic that separates it from even wines grown from similar clones.
The unforgiving rocky terrain makes it extremely difficult to plant vines. With every expansion, we are forced to use a backhoe to dig every single plant or post we place and then fill it in by hand. There is no easy planting. What takes most vineyards a day to plant will take us a week. If we didn't enjoy the process from start to finish, it would show in our wines.
Vineyards are known throughout the world as labors of love. If you don't enjoy the hard work and time that's required, the final product will show it. Meikle Family Vineyards is truly is product of our passion for growing and creating spectacular wines for all to enjoy.