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"Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own." ~ Robert Collier ~

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  We began planning our vineyard in 2006, starting with layout, researching types of vine rootstock, clones, getting soils tests, ordering vines, ripping the soil, making hundreds of gopher cages, installing stakes and trellising, installing irrigation, making trips to Wasco to pick up vines, and planting them.  We have tied them more times than we can count.  We have nurtured them.  We have tested them.  We dropped the fruit for the first three years.  We have suffered numerous setbacks and challenges.  While we waited for the vines to mature the necessary five years (and while we weren't planting olive trees and lavender and harvesting said crops), we thought this might be the opportune time to work on a label that represents the ranch and the family.  I could see in my mind what the label would look like, and I spent hours on the computer attempting to achieve this, but couldn't seem to get there.  It was at this time, as a gift for my 50th birthday, Brian &…