Grace Family Vineyards

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Grace Family Vineyards
Location Saint Helena, California, United States
Appellation Napa Valley
Other labels Blank
First vines planted 1976
First vintage 1978
Key people Kirk Grace
Cases/yr 500
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Other products Olive oil
Website http://www.gracefamilyvineyards.com

The Grace Family Vineyards is a vineyard and winery in Napa, California. It is the first American winery to use the word "family" in its name.[1]

History[edit]

The winery began when Ann and Dick Grace planted 1 acre (0.40 ha) of vines in 1976. The first vintage was produced in 1978, at Chuck Wagner's winery, Caymus.[2] A second acre was added in 1985, but phylloxera took its toll, as the winery's vines were planted on non-resistant rootstock.[3] Additional problems with oak root fungus in the original acre caused the need to replant the entirety in 1995.[4] The winery's yield dropped from 350 cases in the[clarification needed] to a low of 48 cases in 1996, when the wine was allocated as one 1-liter bottle per customer on the winery's mailing list. Another acre of planting and re-planted vines in the old acreage brought production up to 150 cases in 1998.[3]

Charity[edit]

The winery's mission statement is "Wine as a catalyst towards healing our planet." The programs of the Grace Family Vineyards Foundation are primarily in India, Nepal, Mexico, Tibet, and America.[1]

Grace Family wines has been involved with the Naples Winter Wine Festival since its first year in 2001. In 2006, a 12-liter Balthazar of 2003 Grace Family Cabernet drew $90,000 ($105 thousand in 2014 dollars[5]) in bids at the festival's charity auction.[6] For the 2012 charity auction, a Balthazar of both Grace Family and their second label, Blank, drew a $160,000 ($164 thousand in 2014 dollars[5]) bid.[7]

Vineyard and winemaking[edit]

The Grace Family properties are organic and biodynamically farmed.[1]

Gary Galleron was head winemaker between 1988 and 1995, when Heidi Peterson Barrett took over winemaking duties.[4] Barrett, in turn, turned over duties to Gary Brookman.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Grace Family Vineyards". Dean & Deluca. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "History". Grace Family Vineyards. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Morgan, Jeff (12 Apr 1999). "Grace Family Vineyards Confronts Wine Shortage with New Bottle". Wine Spectator. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Clark, Carolyn Stewart. "Grace Family Vineyards". AtlasOfWineries.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Winery News". Grace Family Vineyards. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Albers, Katherine; Laura Layden (28 January 2012). "Naples Winter Wine Festival ends; $107 million overall, $12.2 million today". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 16 July 2012.