Carneros stretches across the cool southern extremities of both Sonoma and Napa counties while it touches the historic flatlands north of San Pablo Bay. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards sits on 190 acres at Arnold Drive in Sonoma-Carneros.
Pacific fog and coastal wind are what sets this appellation apart. In the hot afternoons, bay winds glide over the vineyards, mitigating the blistering California heat. The vines are planted in volcanic soil and adobe clay. This area is a great growing region for our Grenache, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Bianchetta Trevigiana and Sangiovese.
The Petaluma Gap AVA, also located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, is a region of extreme viticulture potential. This is the largest appellation in Sonoma County measuring 750 square miles.
The fog and nearness of the Pacific Ocean make it a cool region II area - on par with Santa Cruz, California and Reims, France. Here, the grapes enjoy a cooler climate in the hot summer and are protected against temperamental frost in the winter. With more than twice the annual rainfall of an inland appellation, the grapes demand longer hang-time to ripen, and although the yields are smaller than a more controllable inland appellation, the concentration and structure of the grapes are exceptional. Our vineyards are planted to Arneis, Nebbiolo, Viognier and Sangiovese along with premium organic Italian olives.
We source our Jacuzzi Teroldego, Malvasia Bianca, Sagrantino, Nero D'Avola and Aglianico grapes from Lodi. The region is hot and ideal to ripen challenging grapes that need a high degree of heat to ripen evenly. Vineyards are planted in San Joaquin loam soils that have washed down from the Sierra Nevada mountain range over millennia. The soil has a solid clay rock like layer. The available water holding capacity is low and roots must find their way through the cracks.
Our Barbera comes from Pauli Vineyard in Potter Valley. The vineyard is planted in rocky, well-drained soil that requires precision irrigation. The climate is warm during the day and cool in the evening with gentle breezes.
A stellar vineyard just north of Ukiah in Mendocino County provides our Sangiovese. Planted on loamy soils, the vines have strong vigor. With its warm climate comes a late bud-burst and leads to an extended hang-time. This softens Sangiovese's acidity and provides fresh, ripe flavors.
Contra Costa County
The grapes for our Primitivo come from the Williams vineyard in Contra Costa County. The vineyard is planted to heritage Primitivo from Italy. The vineyard has free-draining white sand-soil and is close to the delta. Breezes moderate the temperature while the reflective heat from the soil helps to ripen grapes evenly. Vines are pruned to classic medusa head style. We also harvest our Montepulciano grapes in Contra Costa County.