Famed Martinelli Vineyards turns 92 years old. The vineyard is located on the coveted West side of Templeton. Amadeo Martinelli planted the Vineyard in 1921. Amadeo was a visionary as he designed and planted the property. His knowledge of Farming and the importance of the balancing of crops is evident when one walks the ranch.
The Old Vine Zinfandel plants are Dry Farmed, single head pruned, and planted 10 ft on center. Spread throughout the Vineyard are approximately 30 Bing Cherry Trees, Pistachios, Pears, Apples, Pomegranites, Persimmons, and Wild Berries. There are several naturaly occurring legumes that grow on the property. When disked and turned into the earth, these cover crops create a compost that yield high levels of nitrogen and aid to retain higher than average levels of nutrients. This helps to keep the dirt rich and fertile.
Planted on the side of a mountain, Martinelli is facing and gently sloped to the east. This location allows great exposure to the early morning sun, gives direct sun in the middle of the day, and then late afternoon gets shade from the mountain. Evening breezes flowing thru the oaks to the west, then cool the fruit which is needed to grow perfect Zinfandel clusters.
Martinelli has a mix of Zinfandel, Grenache and Mourvede in the field. The Zinfandel is approx 92% of the total planted vines.
The existing Winery Building where Amadeo made and aged his wines, still stands and was the heartbeat of the Vineyard until 1964. At that time the family decided to stop making the Famous Martinelli wine, and just sold the fruit. Rina Martinelli worked the land with her 3 children for many years after Papa Martinelli died. She loved the land and taught the importance of balance and the love of the vineyard to her children and grandchildren.
Today the property is still run by the family. Grandson Dominic, is entrusted with the operations of the vineyard. Dominic says, "It is truly amazing to walk thru the vineyard and remember the many years of family memories and love that went into all aspects of what the ranch gave back. Amazing Bing Cherries, Walnuts, and fruit of all kinds are everywhere. It is like walking back in time". A trip to the Old Country!!
Renowned vineyard manager Lee Alegre, has been caring for the vines the past 5 years. The vines are happy and healthy. It is Truly a delight to walk the terrior and see what Martrinelli has to offer. 2012 was a stellar growing season. Nearly perfect weather, mixed with innovative pruning techniques to address canopy management, produced dark rich berries that will make for one of the best vintages to ever come out of Martinelli.