Chalone Vineyard announced that its 3.79-acre block of Chenin Blanc, originally planted in 1919, has been accorded Historical Vineyard status by the Historical Vineyard Society. Widely regarded as the oldest vineyard in Monterey County, the site was first planted by original owner Lucius Charles Tamm when his family became homesteaders in Monterey’s Gavilan Range. Tamm was likely attracted by Chalone’s limestone soils, which bear a remarkable resemblance to those of France’s famed Burgundy region.
Each year, Chalone Vineyard bottles a limited number of cases from this historic plot. According to winemaker Robert Cook, “The wine showcases both the unique terroir of our site and the long history of Chalone Vineyard. The distinctive minerality that comes from the limestone soils, along with the wine’s racy natural acidity, contributes to the complexity and age-worthiness of this great Chenin Blanc.”
Chalone Vineyard earned international recognition in 1976 when its Chardonnay ranked third among the top French and American Chardonnays in the historic Judgment of Paris wine competition. Twenty months later Chalone finished first in the San Francisco Wine Tasting recreating the Paris competition.
The Historic Vineyard Society’s mission is to inform the wine-drinking public on the importance of heritage vineyards through education, research and special events. For more information please go to www.historicvineyardsociety.org.