The Wallis vineyard is comprised of three main soil types: Aiken Loam, Boomer-Forward-Felta complex and the Forward-Kidd complex. These soils are classic well drained soils which make the vines work hard for moisture and nutrients. This is the typical soils that make Diamond Mountain District a world class growing environment for varietals selected.
A mix of rootstocks and clones were chosen to give the wine great complexity and structure and to express the uniqueness of this site. These soils coupled with an excellent vineyard orientation and design lend themselves to exceptionally long hang time and really leave the wine making team many options during harvest. With very accurate control of irrigation, canopy and crop levels we are able to maximize the potential of this vineyard sight.
In 1997 we planted about 13 acres of vineyards. The vineyard is planted in eight distinct blocks on a spacing of 4 X 7. We are in the heart of The Diamond Mountain District at an elevation 600 to 800 feet.
The varietal selections are Cabernet (five clones), Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Our plan is to harvest this fruit each year and keep the best for The Wallis Family Estate Cabernet. Each year the percentages will slightly change but it will always be over 75 percent Cabernet.
The vineyard is immaculately farmed, and the fruit quality, and finished wine, is superior because of this attention to detail.