Not All Vines Are Created Equal
For centuries, vintners have cultivated cuttings from individual vines that produce exceptional grapes. A select few have stood the test of time, and have been granted numbers to distinguish them. Noble Vines.
Noble Vines Wines
337 Cabernet Sauvignon
667 Pinot Noir
1 Red Blend
Vine Stock 337
Vine Stock 4 at Block 46
Vine Stock 667
Vine Stocks 181, 337, Others
Vine Stock 181
James Ewart grew up making wine at his father’s side in the Adelaide Hills of Australia. He is one of a very few winemakers who also completed a graduate diploma in viticulture, from the University of Adelaide in 1999. This followed his undergraduate degree specializing in geology and chemistry, which gives him a deeper understanding of soils – an excellent perspective to have when matching Noble Vines’ esteemed vine stocks to specific vineyards.
James' experience includes Mountadam Winery, under the tutelage of industry game changer David Wynn, known for his pioneering work with Cabernet and Syrah in Australia's Coonawarra region, Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, a leader in forging New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc's distinct style, as well as his family’s estate in the Adelaide Hills.
Excited by the diversity of soils and varieties grown at Noble Vines' San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey County, James moved to California. Wine growing legend Bill Petrovic recognized the benefit of a winemaker with viticulture expertise and so as a team, they worked on numerous experimental projects: canopy management, selective irrigation, integrated pest control and vine stock research.
James' background as a viticulturist serves him well. His philosophy is to enhance, not change, what the land expresses respecting the balance and harmony that come when the right grape is planted in the right place.
THESE VINES ARE NOBLE. WE TREAT THEM THAT WAY.
We cultivate Noble Vines in the red, cobblestone soils of our family-owned vineyards in Lodi and on the gentle slopes of our cool-climate San Bernabe vineyard in Monterey. We pay strict attention to sustainable farming to ensure this land endures for the next century and beyond.
Deep roots and family commitment keep us focused on superior quality—from the way we farm to how we craft our wines. Our sustainable philosophy favors natural over man-made, synthetic controls and encompasses people, properties, practices and production. With great respect for the land we cherish as long-term stewards, we coax the finest quality from fruit tended with care from start to finish.
- Certified Sustainable Winery and Vineyard: the statewide standard.
- Founding member of the Central Coast Natural Vineyard Team that set the standards of sustainable winegrowing practices in the appellation.
- Lodi Rules – Our Clay Station Vineyard adheres to and exceeds the established rules for best sustainability practices in the area.
- Awarded PG&E Green status.
- Create habitat for beneficial insects to keep the bad bugs at bay.
- Nourish the soils providing valuable nutrients.
- Reduce soil compaction to encourage healthy wine growth without synthetic fertilizers.
- Allow three-year fallow periods in preparation for new planting. Let nature restore soil health encouraging the microbes. No fumigation!
- Keep the dust down, decreasing air pollution and vine-snacking mites.
- Minimize erosion, soil is our BFF.
REDUCE. REUSE. CONSERVE.
- Choose proper rootstock for growing conditions for more efficient use of water and nutrients.
- Reduce water use with precision drip irrigation.
- Reuse gray water to irrigate our vineyards, conserving our most precious resource.
- Make ponds and water systems efficient.
- Harvest in the evening and early morning to reduce the need to expend energy to cool the grapes before fermentation (which brings out the best flavors).
COMPOST – NATURE'S FERTILIZER
- Standard practice since the 1970s (we’re way ahead of the composting curve).
- 100% of the nutrient rich grape solids return to the fields to nourish soils and vines.
- Owl Boxes provide habitat for noble birds that reduce pests.
- Majestic hawks and falcons find open space to roost and flourish, minimizing grape loss to pesky birds that love our tasty, noble grapes.
- Green corridors provide homes for friendly fauna: wild boar, coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, gophers, badgers, deer, mountain lions, eagles, hawks, falcons, roadrunners, ducks, egrets, herons, doves, crows, vultures and a variety of fish—they live here too.