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Kruse Vineyard

Location and Micro-Climate

Located about 7 miles from the coast and on the southern end of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, Kruse Estate Vineyards is in a unique position with our cool micro-climate, securing perfect and prized conditions for the varietals we have chosen: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Chardonnay.

Our fruit is exposed to brisk foggy mornings brought in by the marine influence, which burns off to early afternoon sun warming and ripening the fruit. Following, invigorating breezes blow through “the Templeton Gap”, as the locals call it, which cools the fruit down and maintains the integrity of the varietals we have planted. Our Estate vineyard consists of 40 acres: 24 acres of Pinot Noir, 7 acres of Syrah, 5 acres of Chardonnay, and 4 acres of Grenache. These varieties were selected to fit the unique micro-climate of the vineyard’s location.

Vineyard Layout and Clones

Pinot Noir - Each clone brings it’s own personality and flavors.  Having multiple clones to work with gives Doug more “spices in his spice rack” when he is working with the barrels and putting the different wines together.  We prefer to create a “New World” style of Pinot, showcasing the intense essence of the fruit which is what we focus on while nurturing the vineyard.

Syrah - The beauty of Syrah in this vineyard is the cool-climate influences on the fruit which brings an elegance and prettiness to the wine vs. a warmer climate Syrah.

Grenache -

Chardonnay - The Chardonnay that comes off this vineyard is consistently outstanding, producing signature tropical components that have established quite a following.

Farming Practices

We live where we work, we raise our children in our home surrounded by our vines; how we farm our vineyard has a direct effect on our quality of life…we believe and practice ethical and sustainable farming.