We are extremely proud to source fruit exclusively from San Diego County and work with only the best vineyards. Our relationship with each grower is what makes Vesper unique - our wines wouldn't be what they are without these dedicated farmers.
Located in the heart of Escondido, California.
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Alysha went on a more formal journey, majoring in Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis where she learned the scientific aspects of grape growing and winemaking. Her education included traveling with fellow UC Davis students to wineries around California, even spending time in Chile and Argentina.
Vesper Vineyards is the result of combining Alysha's scientific background, Chris' practical experience and the love they both have for San Diego County. Alysha and Chris understand that they can work in Napa, Sonoma or Santa Barbara, yet it is only in San Diego that they can create their own world of wine. Here, with no established style of winemaking and no set varietal to define the area, their options are endless. There is great potential for some excellent wine, especially as the county has such diverse microclimates.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Owner / Grower: Mark & Candise Holmlund / Stehly Grove Management
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, 2.7 miles from the ocean at 200' elevation.
Soil: Corralitos loamy sand, 9 to 50 percent slopes, severely eroded, alluvium derived from calcareous sandstone.
Clonal Selection: Pinot Noir (667)
Wines: 2009 Pinot Noir, 2008 Pinot Noir
Hidden Gem Vineyard:
Owner / Grower: Dennis & Erin Sprong
Location: Ramona Valley, 24.4 miles from the ocean at 1500' elevation.
Soil: Vista rocky coarse sandy loam, 15 to 30 percent slopes, residuum weathered from granodiorite and quartz-diorite.
Clonal Selection: Sangiovese, Mourvèdre
Wines: 2011 Sangiovese
Highland Hills Vineyard:
Owner / Grower: Rich & Zoe McClellan
Location: Ramona Valley, 20.2 miles from the ocean at 1400' elevation.
Soil: Vista coarse sandy loam, 5 to 9 percent slopes, residuum weathered from granodiorite and quartz-diorite.
Clonal Selection: Marsanne , Mourvèdre (520), Roussanne
Wines: 2011 Alcalá, 2011 Rosé, 2010 Alcalá, 2009 Alcalá
Owner / Grower: Don Armstrong
Location: Pauma Valley, 23.7 miles from the ocean at 800' elevation.
Soil: Visalia sandy loam, 2 to 5 percent slopes, alluvium derived from granite.
Clonal Selection: Carignan, Grenache
Wines: 2012 Rosé, 2010 Carignan, 2009 Carignan
Owner / Grower: Ambassador Orfila / Justin Mund
Location: San Pasqual Valley, 14.3 miles from the ocean at 400' elevation.
Soil: Fallbrook sandy loam, 9 to 30 percent slopes, severely eroded, residuum weathered from granodiorite.
Clonal Selection: Syrah (99)
Wines: 2011 Syrah
Steele Canyon Vineyard:
Location: Jamul, 18 miles from the ocean at 1200' elevation.
Soil: Placentia sandy loam, thick surface, 2 to 9 percent slopes, alluvium derived from granite.
Clonal Selection: Grenache Blanc (TCVS A), Marsanne (TCVS A), Vermentino (TCVS A), Viognier (01)
Wines: 2011 Alcalá