Development & Viticulture Expertise
We grow wine, not grapes.
Developing the vineyards Premier Pacific Vineyards held fast to the principle that great wine is grown, not made
. This is especially true for those at the high end of the market.
Vineyard Development Principles
Rigorous Site Selection
Truly high-end vineyards demand particular combinations of soil,
location and climate. Extraordinary sites can be very different from
one another in how the various factors interact (terroir
world-class sites normally have one thing in common: they produce
low-vigor vines whose fruit ripens slowly and consistently. These are
the growing conditions that Premier Pacific demands of its sites.
Site Selection Principles
Cool climate regions. Complex, distinct wines that stand out
in the high-end wine world normally come from growing areas with
climates just warm enough to ripen wine grapes. Vines of all grape
varieties planted in so-called "on the edge" climates have the best
chance of achieving the long, gradual ripening period associated with
Low fertility soils. Excessively vigorous vines rarely produce
the best wine. So we search for rocky, well-drained soils often found
on hillside or mountain-top sites.
Recognized AVAs. Successful luxury wineries are focused on
vineyard sites in AVAs with established reputations and an existing
culture of winegrowing and winemaking success. Since quality sites
within these AVAs are increasingly rare, we have focused on them
exclusively in building our portfolio.