Russian River Valley

Susanna’s Vineyard is an estate property owned and farmed by the Fritz family of Lynmar Estate.  It is located in the cool Green Valley region of the Russian River Valley, just off Highway 116 near Sebastopol halfway between Occidental Road and Mill Station Road.

For many years the 20-acre property was farmed as an apple orchard by the Silveira family.  There are 13 distinct blocks of pinot noir and chardonnay in a relatively narrow rectangular design, planted mostly in 2006 and 2007.  The vineyard was named after proprietor Anisya Fritz’s grandmother, but the owners honor the heritage of the Silveira family, who farmed the land for nearly five decades, with a memorial plaque in the vineyard.  Viticulturist Jason Soling farms the vineyard sustainably, with permanent bunch grass cover crops and owl boxes throughout the property controlling gophers that previously burrowed tunnels throughout the apple orchard.

The vineyard slopes gently from back to front facing east.  Long afternoon shadows provide cooling shade, with afternoon westerly winds arriving in early afternoon.

Goldridge Sandy Loam soil.
6 x 4 foot spacing
9.72 acres planted to Pinot Noir
9.62 acres planted to Chardonnay
Pinot Noir planted on rootstocks 101-14 and 3309
Pinot Noir Clones:
97 Swan | Calera | Quail Hill Select
Mt. Eden | Dehlinger Swan | Calera Hyde

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