At 11pm on October 8th, 2017 the Atlas fire took our homes and a large portion of the backside of the vineyard. We replanted in April of 2019 and broke ground on Susan’s new home and a compound for her animal menagerie in June 2019.
From dynamiting each individual vine hole to selecting rootstock and clones, our vineyard was established in 1981 by Henry and Susan Hossfeld and the family tradition of growing grapes was started.
The hillscape lay wild and overgrown with native flora and fauna, i.e. lots of poison oak. The original idea for this property was to plant kiwi orchards. This was quickly thrown to the wayside with the notion that this site with its afternoon breeze, pure bedrock soil and elevated location would grow premium hillside grapes.