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April 4, 2014 | General Winery News, Notes From Our Owners, Vineyard Updates | Ben Wolff

Owen Roe Visits Napa

This week, David, Angelica, Nacho, Julie and I were fortunate to be able to visit the vineyard established by my great, great, great grandfather, Charles Lemme, in 1874 at the top of Spring Mountain, outside of St. Helena in the Napa Valley.  The vineyard is rumored to be one of the oldest, continuously farmed vineyards in Napa.

My grandfather built the winery pictured below in 1876 in the middle of his vineyard out of stone and redwood sourced from the property. This “ghost” winery still stands today.  We were able to walk through the winery and see some of the original winery equipment that was used in the 1800’s.

The vineyard was literally cut out of the forest and is a patchwork of steep blocks and terraced hillsides.

Views from the vineyard are breathtaking.

Many of the vines have been trained to the freestanding vertical “gobelet” form. This ancient method of training vines has been used since the Romans spread grape culture across their empire. We are going to plant a portion of Union Gap Vineyard to this ancient head pruned method with Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre in the coming weeks. We look forward to sharing the progress with you.






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@ Apr 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM
This is so exciting to feel a "personal connection" to a vineyard and a wonderful product. Julie and Ben, we sampled the 2012 Abbot's Table and truly enjoyed it. Next we will indulge in the Sinister Hand! It's probably a good thing that I must travel to Boise to find the label…..but I will surely be making the effort. It is such fun hearing from Mom about all of your adventures. Blessings in all your endeavors ! Barb Rau

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