CALIFORNIA'S ORIGINAL PINOT NOIR VINEYARD
Eden Rift's home is in the Cienega Valley AVA, 20 miles inland from Monterey Bay. Set in a remote, Pacific refuge located under the shadow of the Gavilan Mountain Range, the estate rests on the San Andreas Fault. The vineyard sites benefit from an ideal, temperate maritime climate thanks to the nearby Pacific Ocean, as well as calcareous, granitic, limestone and mineral-rich soils that contribute so magnificently to the cultivation of vivid and energetic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
“I think the ‘rift’ in our name is incredibly suitable. To the east we have the warmer inland influence, the North American plate, and decomposed granite. To our west we have the Pacific plate, a coastal influence with daily offshore winds like clockwork during the spring and summer months, and sedimentary soils. Those same winds allow us to be less reliant on a stronger diurnal shift for cooler nights. Together, this dichotomy of the two gives us combining characteristics that are ideal soils and climates for growing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There’s a reason Pinot was planted here 80 years ago; it truly is a hidden gem that I hope we can open up to the wine world.”
Cory Waller, Eden Rift Winemaker