Terroir 220 at 2,200′
Wild Diamond® Vineyards is located in an ideal site in Lake County, California. The site is especially well suited for vineyards.
At 2,200 feet, the elevation is considered high for most grape growing. This contributes to added sun intensity during the days, and causes the grapes to form thicker skins. Also, the higher elevation is cooler than the valley floors during the hot summers, yet still allows for cool nights. Plus, it makes our site tend to be frost free.
The soils are Sobrante-Hambright-Guenoc complex, type 220, and red volcanic, with 30 to 50 percent slopes. Grapes have a tendency to produce some of the best wines in well-drained, potassium rich soils such as ours. This type of soil naturally stresses the vines to produce complex characteristics.
Our vineyards are located along the air flow path between Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa in Lake County. This helps our vineyards have strong temperature differentials. The evenings cool off dramatically, sometimes by more than 40 degrees.
These ideal growing conditions enable the grapes to grow thicker skins and larger seeds that enhance the body and structure of the wines. Since most of the phenols that provide flavors are located in the skins, the thicker skins can provide greater wine intensity. Our grapes enjoy a longer growing season, producing wines that age well and fully reflect this unique terroir.