The Trailer Vineyard got its name because of the trailer that was located in the vineyard. Before the home was purchased; Randy, Lori and Mike would come to the property on the weekends and stay in the trailer while Randy tended to the vines. This vineyard was originally a hobby vineyard, first planted in 1972. The 10 x 12 foot space was changed by Randy in 80’s to 5 X 12 as well as the vines were trained to a bilateral cordon trellis system. Though we don’t know the clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that was planted in this vineyard, we do know that it was on St. George rootstock. This vineyard has always been the backbone to our Howell Mountain wine. Spring of 2014 we had to make the decision to rip out the vineyard and replant. It was certainly a sad event, but new vines means new life and longevity to the vineyard and the winery. The new Trailer Vineyards vines were planted in Spring of 2015 and it’s been a wonderful rebirth.
We have managed this vineyard since the beginning of 1979. Though we don’t own it, it is feels very much like part of our land as it is nestled between two of our vineyards. This vineyard was planted in 1965 and the two blocks were replanted in two separate years; 1989 and 1993. The block planted in 1989 is on 110R rootstock and the 1993 block is planted to 3309. The vines are planted North/South.
This vineyard was purchased in 1990. The first block which we call “Cuervo” was replanted in 1991. The “JK” block was replanted in 1993, and it wasn’t until 5 years later that we replanted the block we simply call “House”. The fourth and final block within that vineyard was not replanted; instead it remains the original vines. The trellis is all bilateral cordon. Within this vineyard is also an old block of Petite Sirah, which Mike cares for and uses in his Howell Mountain Retro Cellars. This 4 acre Petite Sirah vineyard was planted in the 1950’s. We have irrigation within all of our vineyards. Slopes and sun exposure vary along this 16 acre vineyard.
This vineyard is located directly adjacent to the winery and Randy and Lori’s home. Before this vineyard was planted, Randy grew hay for 20 years to feed the Dunn’s horses. These 8 acres are mostly cabernet sauvignon, except for a few rows of Sirah (for home consumption). There is also about 1 acre of Petite Sirah planted on the west boarder of the vineyard. Mike named this Los Abuelos and uses it for his Retro Cellars label. The Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 3 blocks. Lake I was planted in 2000 using 101-14 rootstock. Lake II was planted in 2001 on 3309. The last block, Lake III, was planted also on 3309 in 2003. Each block contains a mix of 4 different clones; 337, 15, Dunn (grafting’s from our Trailer Vineyard) and Frank (grafting’s from the Harry Frank vineyard). This vineyard is the coolest of all, as it sits in a small valley, and requires overhead sprinklers for frost protection along with a wind machine.