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Moonshine Ranch

Moonshine Ranch

Varietals Planted

Pinot Noir

Soil information

Huichicha

Soil Characteristics

Clay, Clay loam with some cobble stone

Rootstock

101-14, 3309

Budwood

115,114, 113 and starting in 2010 Reserve

Acreage

7 Acres

Year Planted

1995, 1996

Vineyard History

The Moonshine Ranch lies one mile from the glistening Russian River. The northern edge of the vineyard is bordered by swaying firs and ancient oaks that line the small creek, abundant with shy turtles and garrulous bullfrogs. The waterway is crossed by a single lane, arched stone bridge, splendidly covered in moss. My favorite part of Moonshine Ranch is the century-old draughty barn, for which the Ranch is named. The high raftered building stands as a relic for times of old, as its heyday was during the prohibition era, serving as a small factory for prune brandy. The barn stands near the creek, as water was needed to cool the copper stills during after-dark administrations to 'the recipe'.