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Our Vineyards

Fred Peterson has practiced sustainable farming in all the vineyards he’s planted and nurtured in his long career. He continues his passion for grape growing in his own Bradford Mountain vineyard as well as his vineyard consulting practice.

When looking for grapes for Peterson wines, Fred sought growers who from the beginning practiced sustainable farming, reinforcing his support of time-honored winegrowing traditions.

Sustainability means to maintain or to nourish without destroying or using up. Fred’s desire for sustainable relationships extends beyond the land. Sustainability is woven into his relationship with his growers. Fair market value for grapes during good years and lean years have always been his practice. The result is long-term relationships with quality growers, both in Dry Creek and Mendocino County.


The Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard

Our estate vineyard sits at the edge of Dry Creek Valley, is 32 acres on the very top of the 1000 food  mountain that Fred cleared and planted in the 1980s. Well-drained, red-clay soil, combined with sunny days and cool nights produce small, intensely flavored grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Zinfandel
  • Cabernet Franc (Agraria)
  • Syrah (Gravity Flow Block)
  • Petit Verdot
  • Carignane
  • GSM 
  • 3V White Blend 
  • Quinta Da Montahna(Port)
  • Merlot 
  • Also grown Petite Sirah, Malbec,

 

A Brief History of :Bradford Mountain

The Bernier Zinyard

Friends and growers Paul and Yael Bernier farm this small block of Zinfandel by their house in the Northern part of Dry Creek VAlley on the East Bench.  This is the first fruit to come in every harvest, resulting in an elegant and balanced zinfandel; the swan. 

"Dirt Farming" - an article about Paul Bernier. 

 

The Tollini Vineyard

Tollini Vineyard is located in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley.  The vineyard was planted by Alvin Tollini’s father when he returned from the service after World War II, and it is a traditional head-trained, dry-farmed vineyard. Our Zero Manipulation, Mendo Blendo, and Barbera 

The West Vineyard

Farmed by Tom West, this 114 year old vineyard in the Southern part of Dry Creek Valley produces our Tradizionale Zinfandel, and has been the grape source for this wine for over 20 years.  Tom can often be found at the winery, and often attends events and can regale you in some grower stories. 

 

The Forchini Vineyard

 

 

The Teldeschi Vineyard

In the early 1990’s,Teldeschi Vineyards owner and long time Dry Creek Valley grapegrower Ray Teldeschi got Sangiovese budwood from Fred off Norton Ranch. Fred had planted Sangiovese at Norton Ranch in the late 1980’s. Ray planted the vines on his “home ranch” vineyard, which is next door to our winery on the eastern Dry Creek bench. Sitting above the valley floor with a Southwest exposure, this vineyard site is perfectly suited for the finicky Sangiovese grape.

The Borkow Vineyard

The Borkow Vineyard lies on the Northeastern side of the Dry Creek Valley on Canyon Road. It’s a steep hillside vineyard, with rows running up the slope, and the vines are trained to a wire for more support and optimization of sun exposure. The Zinfandel from this vineyard adds a floral component to our Dry Creek Zin and Zero Manipulation blends, and is the basis for our Old School Zinfandel.

The Funsten Vineyard

The Funsten Vineyard is off Lytton Springs Road, overlooking the Dry Creek Valley floor on the Eastern benchland. It is also adjacent to the former location of Peterson Winery. The soil has a larger percentage of clay and gravel resulting in lower yields of intensely flavored and balanced fruit. This is one of the sources for our Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel blend.  

 

The Redwood Glen Vineyard