who grows the grapes at Yorkville Cellars? who makes the wines?
Deborah and Edward Wallo have lived, farmed, and raised their family in the Yorkville Highlands since a magazine article inspired them to explore the southern end of Mendocino in the mid 1980’s. By Edward’s account, they arrived with great passion for the wines of Bordeaux having lived in France and Europe for years, but almost no clue how to grow the sort of grapes they knew they would want for the wines they imagined making. If viticulture was new to them, agriculture was not. Deborah grew up in the English countryside where growing one’s food was a matter of course, and the impression of her green thumb is stamped all over their immaculately landscaped, rose covered estate.
what wines do they make at Yorkville Cellars?
In addition, they have three blends. Hi-Rollr Red started as a joke during the economic downturn of 2008 when they wanted to create a blend for their not so high rollin’ customers who still wanted a broad shouldered red. It has evolved into a calling card for the winery, delivering as it does impressive quality and value. Their “Royal Pair” of Elanor of Aquitaine (white) and Richard the Lionhearted (red) are the estates flagships, Edward and Deborah’s homage to the Bordeaux they love and the Mendocino soil they farm.
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when did Yorkville Cellars start? when might you open a bottle?
where is Yorkville Cellars?
The area earned its status as an AVA (American Viticultural Area) in 1998. At more than 1000 feet of elevation at it’s highest points, the nights are cool, rain is plentiful, and growing seasons are long and often even. The soils are generally relatively poor and marked by a large amount of gravel, allowing for plenty of drainage meaning vine roots go deep to seek water and nutrients.