TZABACO RANCHO VINEYARDS is located in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County and has been continuously farmed by family members since 1856. Brian and Janice Schmidt share their vision of proudly producing premium wine grapes in beautiful Dry Creek Valley using sustainable winegrowing practices that will allow our family to continue farming for generations. The vineyard is planted to multiple white and red varietal winegrape clones that make wonderful, award winning single varietal or meritage white and red wines. We sell to a number of major wineries and an enthusiastic clientele of home winemakers.
Whether you are a new to winemaking or a veteran winemaker, our grapes will provide a solid foundation for your wines. Enology advice is available from Janice Schmidt, a UC Davis trained winemaker, who worked for Jordan Vineyard and Winery for 20 years before retiring to help guide replanting in the vineyard. She takes pride in guiding home winemakers in the rewarding process of making wine while making award winning wine herself for the ESTATE 1856 brand.
A VIDEO BY RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS SHOWCASING THE VINEYARD!
|We are proud growers for Rodney Strong Vineyards and were so delighted when they asked if they could film Brian & I in the Spring of 2014 as representative growers from Dry Creek Valley.
We spent a day with their filming crew focusing on the early Spring vineyard growth highlighted by the soft light in the morning and lingering light at sunset. We focused on our Vertical Shoot Position trellis system which allows the leaf canopy to be uniformly upright for maximum leaf photosynthetic activity and also talked about the importance of morning side leaf removal for great flavor development.
It was fun and exciting to participate in the filming process with such a professional crew. We think that they captured this Spring moment exceedingly well and are very happy to share this with you!
“We bought Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes from Tzabaco Rancho Vineyards from 2008 through 2014 and were very happy with the quality of the fruit as well as with the farming skills of Janice and Brian Schmidt. Our 2011 Malbec from this vineyard was rated 92 points by the Wine Enthusiast and we have always considered the Petit Verdot we produced from this vineyard one of our best and favorite wines each year.
Janice has always been very reliable in her brix and pH readings and in keeping us informed as to which rows are at varying degrees of ripeness. They have also been very good at picking on the harvest dates that we requested.
The only reason we have discontinued buying their fruit is that we lost our tasting room lease last August and need to scale back our varietal offerings. I highly recommend their grapes to anyone seeking high quality fruit from honest and trustworthy growers. Peter Spann”
We work hard providing great fruit to all our wineries and homewinemakers!!
HARVEST 2017 FOR HOMEWINEMAKERS
Thanks to all who purchased winegrapes from us during harvest 2016…we had a great growing season with remarkable seed maturity…our own Estate 1856 wines are moving through ML fermentation and tasting great! Next year will be here before you know it…look at the many white and red varieties in the vineyard that are available and consider producing either great single varietals or white or red blends. Please call 707-433-2511 if you have any questions about availability!!
- Chardonnay – available
- Sauvignon blanc – available
- Sauvignon musque – available
- Viognier – available
- Cabernet sauvignon – will be very limited!
- Merlot – available
- Malbec – available
- Petit verdot – available!
- Zinfandel – limited
- Petite sirah – limited
Our own wine brand ESTATE 1856 has released our FOURTH vintage of all GOLD medal wines! 2012 DUVALL’S PROSPECT Bordeaux Blend which won a PLATINUM MEDAL and 93 POINTS at the 2015 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition as well as a DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL at the 2014 Grand Tasting Awards and GOLD MEDALS at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the 2015 Sunset International Wine Competition!
FROM WINEREVIEWONLINE.COM: “Estate 1856, Sonoma County (California) Tzabaco Ranch Vineyards Duvall’s Prospect 2012 ($38): Rich and ripe, with power to spare, the Estate 1856 Duvall’s Prospect shows impressive layers of black fruits, ample tannins and remarkably good balance considering the obvious ripeness of the fruit” 93 Robert Whitley May 26, 2015
FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM: “This midnight blue colored blend opens with a gentle blackberry and boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is an interesting blend of blueberry with notes of toasted coconut. I also detected hints of boysenberry and black cherry. The finish is dry and its flavors and very dusty tannins so very good length. I would decant this wine in the near term and serve it with braised short ribs with pearl onions and roasted fingerling potatoes. Enjoy – Ken”