Vellutini Ranch

Russian River Valley

Vellutini Ranch Vineyards with slopes at 50 degrees.

This vineyard borders Jackass Vineyard and the backside of Jackass Hill. Its is named after Luisa Martinelli’s family, the Vellutini’s who lived on this property. We were able to buy the land and plant grapes on it. Albert Vellutini was Lee Sr’s age and they used to fish in the streams and hide from the truant officer when they were kids on this property. They had more fun playing cat and mouse with the truant officer who did not know the creeks and valleys as well as they did. There’s a story where the officer followed the boys into the stream to catch them, only to lose the boys and his own rubber boot in the deep mud of the creek. It was the crowning moment for such mischievous boys. Its been a favorite piece with its remaining fruit orchards from the Vellutini family and now Zinfandel and Syrah vineyards. The Zinfandel vineyard was made from cuttings from Jackass Hill and Jackass Vineyard.

Specifications

Appellation
Russian River Valley
Varietals Planted
Zinfandel, Syrah
Soil Information
Franciscan
Soil characteristics
Rocky, Clay Loam
Rootstock
420A
Budwood
Jackass Hill and Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel budwood
Year Acquired
1999
Year Planted
2001, 2002, 2003