1970, Cecil and Christine staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing
24 acres of old vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. They
originally planned to use this vineyard as a place to retire to, but when grape
prices skyrocketed in the 1970's, the De Loach decided to acquire additional vineyard
GROWERS FIRST. Christine and I fit the description of "vineyardists-turned-winemakers"
because we moved from supplying grapes to other wineries to having our own estate
operation. We've always thought of ourselves as being in the wine business, going
back to 1970-74 when we developed our vineyards seven miles northwest of Santa
Rosa in Sonoma County, California. In 1975, we released our first wine, a Zinfandel.
A WINE TRADITION. There were vineyards here when we started, great old
Zinfandel vines planted between the turn of the century and 1934. We still make
wine from them and will as long as they're producing. There were four wineries
here in the immediate area up until Prohibition, so we think we're building on
a solid Sonoma County winemaking legacy.
OURVINEYARDS TODAY. We own and operate nearly 500 acres of vineyards
in the Russian River Valley appellation, 321 of which are located within 2 miles
of the winery. Besides Zinfandel, we grow Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gewurztraminer,
Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. In addition, we have 157 acres just south of Healdsburg
that are devoted mainly to Red Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc
and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ours is a cool, regionaI area; fog rolls in just about
every evening and there are definite marine influences. We usually have long,
slow growing seasons, although each year varies.
THE DE LOACH LABEL. We're winning some noteworthy awards, but just as importantly,
we're hearing from people who like what we're doing. We make well-crafted, clean,
authentic wines, each one as good an example of the varietal as we can make it.
We produce Fume Blanc, an Early Harvest Gewurztraminer (and, when the growing
conditions are right, a Late Harvest dessert Gewurztraminer), White Zinfandel,
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
De Loach Vineyards / 1791 Olivet Road / Santa Rosa, CA 95401 / 707-526-9111