SIP Certified Vineyard - Sustainability in Practice
Located on the eastern side of River Road, this site has well- drained sandy-loam soil with southwestern exposure (not to mention a resplendent view of the Salinas Valley below). The region receives plentiful 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 grape growing regions. Tondre Alarid, the patriarch of the Alarid family & lifelong farmer, planted 6-1/2 acres of winegrapes 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.