Hilly Central Coast Vineyard source for Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir

The key to wine quality is superior grapes; therefore Capiaux Cellars only produces wines from judiciously selected vineyards. All the vineyards that we purchase grapes from are contracted on a "by-the-acre" rather than a "per-ton" basis. We pay a set fee for the acreage guarantying the grower cash for his crop regardless of the tonnage. This allows us to prune, shoot-thin and drop crop as we see fit.

Garys’ Vineyard
(1 acre contracted)

Following in the success of its parent vineyard (Pisoni), located just eight miles North in the Santa Lucia Highlands this vineyard is a partnership between Gary Pisoni, of Pisoni Vineyard, and Gary Franscioni. The bud wood for Garys' vineyard came from the Pisoni vineyard, which came from a very famous  vineyard in Burgundy. 

Soil:  Sandy Loam

Elevation: 500 feet

Slope:  8%

Clone:  Pisoni

Density:  5' x 8'

Year Planted:  1996

Orientation:  North-South

Aspect:  East Facing 

Pisoni Vineyard
(1.14 acres contracted; Camper section, own rooted)

An instant success, this vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands just south of Salinas is producing some amazing wines from an array of top Pinot Noir producers. The bud wood for the Pisoni vineyard came from a very famous vineyard in Burgundy. This vineyard is coming into its prime with age and is producing dark expansive wines with firm structure meant for aging.

Soil:  Decomposed Granite, Gravely Loam

Elevation:  1,400 feet

Slope:  15%

Clone:  Pisoni

Density:  5' x 8'

Year Planted:  1982

Orientation:  North-South

Aspect:  East Facing

Wilson Vineyard
(2.3 acres contracted)

Wilson vineyard is located the most Northern part of the Sonoma Coast appellation in the town of Annapolis. The entire vineyard is 2.3 acres, in a heavily forested area and only 3 miles from the coast. Pinot Noir thrives in this cool coastal area. The newer French clone 777 on rootstock 3309 is planted.

Soil:  Decomposed Goldridge Sandy Loam

Elevation:  700 feet

Slope:  15-20%

Clone:  777

Density:  5' x 8'

Year Planted:  2001

Orientation:  North/West - South/East

Aspect:  South Facing

Widdoes Vineyard
(1.86 acres contracted, AXR#1)

The Dutton Ranch’s™ Widdoes vineyard is located between the towns of Graton and Occidental in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley appellation. The cool temperate growing conditions allow the grapes from this 29 year-old, vertical trained, dry farmed vineyard to ripen slowly and evenly.

Soil:  Goldridge Fine Sandy Loam

Elevation:  150 feet

Slope:  Midslope of low-lying hillside

Clone: Martini

Density:  6' x 12', 907 vines per acre

Year Planted:  1984

Orientation:  North-South

Aspect:  East Facing

Starscape Vineyard
(5.16 acres contracted, West Block)

This vineyard is located in the unofficial sub-region known as Middle Reach bordering Mark West Creek in the northern most part of the Russian River appellation. The West Block was planted in 1971 and is one of the oldest known plantings of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. Yields are less than one ton per acre.

Soil:  Laniger and Yolo Loam

Elevation:  50 feet

Slope:  Less than 5%

Clone:  Martini

Density: 907 vines per acre

Year Planted:  1971

Orientation:  North-South

Aspect:  East Facing