Meet the farmers of Mendocino County, where we source grapes for Artezin Wine…

Nestled in the Redwood Valley at the headwater of the Russian River are four-acres of Zinfandel grapes owned and managed by Bree and Kevin Klotter. The couple moved to the property in December of 2015, and were welcomed by hundreds of quail who made their home on the farm that winter. Bree and Kevin thought it would only be appropriate to name their vineyard Valley Quail after their new neighbors (also the state bird of California), and began their mission to become skilled viticulturalists.

Having little experience with grape growing upon moving to Valley Quail Vineyards, the first thing Bree did was enroll in a viticulture course at the local college. Education took place both inside and outside of the classroom, and she spent time with her fellow students out in the vineyards learning as much as she could in order to excel as a grower. Bree now sits on the Board of Directors for the Mendocino County Winegrowers, and she focuses on maintaining healthy soils in order to ensure the overall happiness of the vines.

The couple knows Randle well and understands what he values as a winemaker, so they carefully nurture their vines to ensure they produce the quality grapes that Randle uses to craft Artezin wines. Each year, Bree, Kevin and Randle harvest the grapes together. Randle takes this opportunity to sample the grapes, making note of the flavor profiles in each block for his final blend that will be bottled with the Artezin label.

Stay tuned for a new video next week…

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