Quote of the Day
Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.
— Author unknown. I have many quotes that discuss the problems with making decisions based on sunk costs.
I attended a management meeting at the Domaine Carneros winery in Napa, CA this week. I must say I was impressed with this facility – this is as beautiful as I have seen. Our meeting lasted until 4:00PM and then we went on a 90 minute winery tour.
I like to collect vineyard trivia while on these tours and this trip was no exception. Since I do not drink, my interests tend to focus on the farming aspects of the operations. I have discussed winery trivia before in this post. All photos in this post were taken by me.
- The Domaine Carneros winery focuses on producing sparkling wines.
- Their wine club is the largest (11,000+ members) in the Napa Valley.
- The wine blend for restaurants is different than sold at the winery. For example:
- The vine life is normally ~19 years, but the vineyards in the valley have been fighting a disease that has reduced the vine life to ~8 years.
- There are ~1150 vines per acre.
- The vine yield is quite variable and is usually in the 1 to 3 ton per acre range.
- This means a single vine produces 2 to 3 pounds of grapes.
- The vines are watered using a very sophisticated watering system. They work to stress the vines so they produce the best grapes for wine, which means the vines are watered infrequently. For example, so far this year the vines were watered once in April and twice in June – 2 gallons each time.
- Our winery guide mentioned that winds flowing through the Petaluma Gap keep the vineyards cool.