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Bud Break at Carhartt Family Wines’ 11 Oaks Vineyard

Awakening the Vines: Witnessing the Magic of Bud Break

As the sun climbs higher in the sky and temperatures begin to warm, there’s a palpable sense of anticipation in the air at Carhartt Family Wines 11 Oaks Vineyard. It’s the time of year when our vineyards awaken from their winter slumber, bursting with new life in a phenomenon known as bud break. This pivotal moment marks the beginning of a new growing season, where dormant grapevines awaken from their winter slumber. Tiny buds, harboring the potential for the season’s bounty, burst with delicate shoots, signaling the start of vigorous growth.

Suitcase Clones:

Nestled in the heart of our estate lies the breathtaking 11 Oaks Vineyard, where the magic of bud break unfolds. Originally planted in 1986 with two clones of Sangiovese snuck over in suitcases from Tuscany, Italy, this vineyard has been a cornerstone of our winemaking journey since 2007. Today, it stands as a testament to the rich heritage of Chianti, thriving in the similar growing conditions found along California’s central coast.

A Retreat Amongst the Vines:

For those seeking an immersive experience, The Retreat at 11 Oaks offers a sanctuary amidst the vineyards. Surrounded by the beauty of bud break, guests can witness nature’s spectacle firsthand from the comfort of their accommodation. With vine-laden vistas stretching as far as the eye can see, it’s a tranquil escape that nourishes the soul.

Handcrafted with Care:

At 11 Oaks, every vine is tended to by hand, reflecting our unwavering commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Despite the vine spacing being a bit mixed due to its history, each plant receives the utmost care and attention, ensuring optimal growth and fruit development. It’s this dedication to detail that sets our wines apart, capturing the essence of our terroir with every step in the growing process.

Embracing the Journey:

As bud break signifies the beginning of a new chapter in our wine growing process, we embrace the journey that lies ahead. With each shoot that burst, we’re reminded of nature’s promise and the potential that awaits in the season to come. The vineyard team remains ready to respond firsthand to whatever nature sends our way.

Visit The Vines:

As the days grow longer and the vines awaken from their winter slumber, there’s no better time to experience the magic of bud break at Carhartt Family Wines’ 11 Oaks Vineyard. We invite you all to experience the beauty of this natural phenomenon firsthand with a stay at the private retreat at 11 Oaks. Whether you’re wandering through the rows of surrounding vines, or simply raising a glass of our handcrafted wines from the balcony, there is no better way to experience the start of spring. Book your stay today!


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