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About Calluna

Calluna Vineyards was established in 2004 when David Jeffrey and family found undeveloped hillsides and planted their vineyards in Sonoma county. Winemaker and Founder, David worked in Bordeaux for Alain Raynaud at Chateau Quinault after going through Fresno State’s Enology program. He planted the vineyards, now 17 acres of Bordeaux varietals in the Chalk Hill appellation, which he believes ideally suited for making wines with expressive California fruit but with traditional balance.

Calluna Vineyards took root in Sonoma County in 2005 with 12-acres in the Chalk Hill appellation planted to the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. From its advantageous hillsides overlooking the Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill is known for its mild climate and soils of clay underlain with fractured shale and sandstone. The goal for Calluna Vineyards is to make wines which have the strength of great Bordeaux, but with the attributes of Sonoma terroir. This means that the wines are meant to have the intensity, balance and longevity inherent in Bordeaux wines, but they should have an additional richness and roundness which is typical of the best Napa and Sonoma wines.

The vineyards are ideally situated to achieve this goal: The Chalk Hill appellation is in a moderate, transitional climate between the cool Russian River appellation and the hot Alexander and Napa valleys. The fruit can reach full phenolic ripeness - all herbaceous, vegetal tones are gone without excess sugar development. This allows Calluna to make the wine in a natural way, without the additions of water and tartaric acid which are so common in California winemaking today. David A. Jeffrey, winemaker and founder After 20 years of studying and collecting the wines of Bordeaux and California, David moved to the West Coast and enrolled in Fresno State's Enology program in 2001.

Determined to make his dream a reality, David spent 3 years studying winemaking and grape growing as he completed his degree and worked at Chateau Quinault in Bordeaux, France. "Calluna" is the botanical name for the heather plant that grows on the property in memory of an extended family member.

Additional Details:

  • Producer: Calluna Vineyard
  • Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon
  • Labor Practices: Our family works with our vineyard management firm to harvest the fruit.
  • Sustainable Practices: Our vineyards are certified Sustainable by Sonoma County. That is not too difficult to achieve. Calluna had been managing organically for several years but when the 2019 fires destroyed about 15% of our vineyard, we moved back to convential farming in order to do the replanting. Some herbicide (not Roundup) is used so weeds do not overwhelm the new vines.
  • Sustainable Certificates: Sonoma County Sustainable Winegrowing Certified
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  • Country: United States
  • Region: California
  • Sub Region: Sonoma County

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