The Russell Estate Vineyard
The Russell Estate Vineyard is located deep in the Corral de Tierra at the foot of Mount Toro between the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Carmel Valley in Monterey County in what John Steinbeck called “the pastures of heaven”. There are four varietals grown at the Russell Estate Vineyard: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. These Vineyards were planted in 1998, and originally there was only Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, the Cabernet Franc was added several years ago to the Lower Estate. The grapes grown at the Russell Estate Vineyard are 100% Organic and sustainable practices are used in farming. The Russell Estate Vineyards uses owl hutches, ladybugs and lavender to manage pests, while avoiding herbicides and fertilizer through the use of cover crops, netting and fencing. This vineyard is run entirely on solar energy, and hand farming practices are used whenever possible.