Harrison Vineyards
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InHow did Harrision Vineyards come to be? The Harrisons had the grapes, but lacked the facilities to make wine, so the first few vintages were produced by custom crushing at another winery. The first commercial wines - a 1989 Chardonnay and a 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon were released in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Both wines met with immediate critical success, receiving high marks from virtually all of the wine press. "Our neighbors stepped in once again to help by plugging us into the wine distribution circuit," says Lyndsey explaining how the popularity of the wine had grown quickly.

The Harrison Estate comprises five separate small vineyards. Two original blocks of Cabernet had been planted in the early 1970s. At that time, the vines were 27 years old and had originally been planted as Gamay grapes which were T-budded to Cabernet and Chardonnay. In 1989 the three and a half acres that wrap around the house were replanted with Cabernet (the grape of choice on Pritchard Hill). Most of the rootstock is the phylloxera resistant St. George. They have been more fortunate than many of their Napa Valley contemporaries. In 1997 a .75-acre spot behind the main house was cleared and planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. Because of the steep hillside there is little room for any further planting. We have now replanted a third of our 35 year old vineyard and will continue to replant the balance as these vines start to produce.

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