Olivet Lane Vineyard
In 1973, the Pellegrini family purchased a 70-acre apple and plum orchard on West Olivet Road in Santa Rosa. This exceptional Russian River Valley property was converted to vineyard in 1975, and has been faithfully tended by Robert Pellegrini for over 40 years. This heritage property is one of the oldest existing Pinot vineyards in the appellation and has been widely recognized as a prime example of the classic style of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Olivet Lane was one of the first Pinot Noir estates in the Russian River Valley, and over the years has been the grape source for many of the Valley’s Pinot Noir luminaries — Williams Selyem, Merry Edwards, Gary Farrell, Darioush — in addition to our own award-winning Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production.
Named for the mature olive trees lining the entrance, the Olivet Lane Vineyard features heritage plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which are valued as a source for some of the appellation’s most acclaimed wines. Approximately two-thirds of the vineyard’s 58 planted acres are dedicated to the Wente selection of Chardonnay, with the balance planted to the Martini selection of Pinot Noir, a clone now considered as an “heirloom” clone.
The Olivet Lane Vineyard is situated in the heart of the Russian River Valley, distinguished by the maritime fog influence sweeping up from the Pacific through the Petaluma Gap to the South. Located just east and above the low-lying Laguna de Santa Rosa plain region, the Olivet Lane Vineyard features an undulating benchland of well-drained, gravelly, clay loam soil. The fog that defines our growing region lingers in our neighborhood, protecting it under a cool white blanket from evening through the morning. These long, cool nights extend the growing season, creating the opportunity for the grapes to ripen slowly and reach their full flavor potential while retaining their natural acidity, producing wines that are elegant and age-worthy.
Acreage: 60 total acres of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Exposure: Various ― undulating plain
Soil type: Gravelly, clay loam
Positioning: North to South
Topopgraphy: Rolling Benchland
Elevation: 150 feet
Year planted: 1975
Scion wood clone: Martini / Wente
Vine spacing: 8 x 12 feet; vertical trellis
Trellising: Cane pruned VSP (vertical shoot positioning)
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cover crop: Rotating