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McKahn Family Cellars sources grapes from two different vineyards located in the Livermore Valley.
The Livermore Valley is an East-West oriented valley east of the San Francisco Bay, and west of the Altamont hills that separate the Bay Area from the Central Valley. The coastal fog that regularly move in and out of the valley moderate the warm days of the growing season, and makes it an ideal location for growing wine grapes. It’s defining characteristic is the gravel that occupies most of the soil profiles throughout the valley and make for low vigor vines, and highly concentrated wine.
CASA DE VINAS
Grape: Petite Sirah
Located in the southeast corner (Greenville & Tesla Roads) of the Livermore Valley, Julio Covarrubias, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1967, purchased the 21-acre Casa de Vinas property on Tesla Road from the Wente family in 2002. He grows petite sirah, malbec, barbera and cabernet sauvignon. He is meticulous about his vineyard practices, taking soil samples beginning in February to see what his vines will need to thrive come bud break.
This older vineyard is located off of Mines Road in Livermore and is owned by the Wente family.