The Tondre Grapefield is planted in the southern reaches of the Santa Lucia Highlands on a river bench with glacial soils that range from sandy loam to decomposed granite. The area receives sunshine during the day but is cooled in the afternoon by ocean breezes that sweep through the Salinas Valley from Monterey Bay. All of these characteristics make this one of the country's premier regions for Pinot Noir. Tondre Alarid, the patriarch of the Alarid family & a lifelong farmer in the Salinas Valley, planted 6- 1/2 acres of Pinot Noir in 1997 -- naming it a "Grapefield" to reflect his family's farming heritage -- but the vineyard has since grown to just over 100 acres under the management of Joe, Tondre's son. We have had a long relationship with this vineyard & appreciate the finesse & aromas of the wines it produces.