OUR HISTORY

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.

Terroir 220 at 2,200 Feet

Wild Diamond® Vineyards is located in an ideal site in Lake County, California. The site is especially well suited for vineyards. We are at 2,200 feet, with 30 to 50 percent slopes and type 220 red volcanic soil. Grapes have a tendency to produce some of the best wines in well-drained, potassium rich soils such as ours. We also have optimal temperature differentials. These ideal growing conditions enable the grapes to grow thicker skins and larger seeds that enhance the body and structure of the wines, as well as provide greater wine intensity. Our grapes enjoy a longer growing season, producing wines that age well and fully reflect this unique terroir.

The Legend of “Wild Diamonds®

Lake County diamonds, also called “moon tears”, are a very hard and clear, pure form of semi-precious gem quality quartz. They are mostly colorless, but can also appear in shades of lavender, pink or yellow. These gemstones are found only in the special, volcanic soils of Lake County, California, near Mt. Konocti.

The stones derive their name from Pomo Indian legend, which tell the story of a Pomo Indian chief and the moon who fell in love. The moon could not stay with the chief because she needed to light the night sky and mark the seasons. The moon was so sad that she wept. As her tears fell from the sky, they hardened and covered the ground.

At Wild Diamond Vineyards, we believe that these Lake County diamonds not only add beauty and interest to our landscape, but they also enhance the already excellent draining conditions for soil that our high quality grapes enjoy. They also add mineral interest and intensity to all of our wines.

The Legend of “Wild Diamonds®

Lake County diamonds, also called “moon tears”, are a very hard and clear, pure form of semi-precious gem quality quartz. These gemstones are found only in the special, volcanic soils of Lake County, California, near Mt. Konocti.

The stones derive their name from Pomo Indian legend, which tell the story of a Pomo Indian chief and the moon who fell in love. The moon could not stay with the chief because she needed to light the night sky and mark the seasons. The moon was so sad that she wept. As her tears fell from the sky, they hardened and covered the ground.