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The Sangiacomo Family formula for success: [intimacy + diversity] = nuance
Read the tasting notes from any accomplished winemaker, or the reviews of a well-trained wine critic, and you'll see the same thing: a deep appreciation for nuance, for specialness. These days, it's no longer enough to make wine that is merely flawless; it has to be distinctive, too.
So how do you do that? How do you make a wine that's distinct when every winery has basically the same tools, training and technology? The same French oak barrels, the same ag school degrees, the same computer-controlled bladder presses.
You start by looking outside the winery. By focusing instead on the vineyard. By farming for specific flavors and textures.
To meet these increasingly specific needs of winemakers, growers have plenty of tools at their disposal - from rootstock and clone selection to vine spacing, canopy management, soil inputs and so on. But even that isn't enough. Because the only way to farm for a diversity of flavors is to farm on a diversity of sites.
This, more than anything, is what distinguishes Sangiacomo Family Vineyards. With over 100 unique sites spread over 14 vineyards in four AVAs, we are able to tease an extraordinary range of flavors out of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
We practice precision viticulture -- pruning and irrigation and canopy management in close partnership with our clients to maximize quality and minimize environmental impact.
We've been farming these lands for three generations. We have enough harvests under our collective belt to know what works where and what doesn't. Nowhere is this more important than in helping our clients choose the best sites for their wines.
Our diversity of sites plus our hands-on approach is what allows us to deliver the nuance that our 50-plus winery clients have come to depend on.