Vineyard Owners: Dixie and Martin van der Kamp, managed by Ulysses van der Kamp
Van der Kamp is one of California’s oldest Pinot Noir vineyards, planted in the early 1960’s and located near the highest point on Sonoma Mountain at 1,400’ in elevation. Ulysses walks the vineyard daily and embraces his father’s belief that “the best fertilizer for a vineyard is the shadow of the farmer.” These dramatically sloping rows are farmed using organic and biodynamic practices, some blocks are dry-farmed. The patchwork of soil types includes loam with volcanic material and decomposed river bed. Van der Kamp’s top soil is very thin so the vines are less vigorous, leading to a more structured wine.
The site was considered a sacred place by local Native Americans who believe the top of Sonoma Mountain is where the world began. Farming practices aim to maximize biodiversity on their homestead, and the family is fully sustained from the crops that they cultivate.
|Block Size||2 acres|
|Soil Type||Spreckles Loam|
|Clones||828; UCD23; 777; Swan|
|Rootstock||1103p; 3309; so4|
|Aspect||East-west with northern exposure|
|Spacing||6' x 10'; 5' x 8'|