Louvau Vineyard-Dry Creek

When John and Linda Louvau bought this Dry Creek property in the late 1980s they believed it would be ideal for growing grapes. Apparently, they weren't the first to think so. Under a sea of weeds and wild raspberry bushes the Louvaus discovered wonderful old zinfandel vines. Today, these revitalized 67-year-old vines, combined with vines planted in 1991, offer a beautiful combination of old and newer vine fruit. Located on the Dry Creek bench, the Louvau Vineyard's well-drained river benchland soils mix clay, gravel and volcanic matter. These naturally depleted soils force the vines to focus on the production of concentrated fruit instead of vegetation. Louvau's old vines are head trained and low to the ground where they receive reflected sunlight off the large white stones that dot the soil. The yields for the older, unknown clone vines are approximately two tons per acre, while yields for the new Weiss clone vines are kept under three tons an acre. This vineyard's fruit is the source of the Louvau Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel and is a part of the blend for the Dry Creek Zinfandel.