Berryhill Vineyards- Sustainable Wine Growing in California

27/08/2018 Berryhill Family Vineyards believes sustainable winegrowing is more than a practice, it’s a philosophy where the land becomes an extension of the family

The story begins with Claude Berryhill purchasing land in Ceres, California when the Great Depression hit in the 1930’s. With a passion for farming, Claude established a fruitful agriculture operation to pass on to his family, in which Claude’s sons (Clare, Ron and Norm) stepped in and expanded the business over two decades – acquiring land throughout the Central Valley.

Clare’s son (Bill) eventually joined the operation as a third-generation farmer, bringing at a young age a passion for vines and wine. Following Bill’s marriage to Triana in 1991, the two made a dynamic pair and expanded the family vineyards to Clements, California, which is east of Lodi. Today, the majority of Berryhill grapes are grown and harvested in this award-winning region.

From the start, Bill and Triana have always dreamed of having a winery, which was realized in 2016 with the launch of Berryhill Family Vineyards. The family farming operation released its first two wines in 2017 that included a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Today, five generations of Berryhill family members continue Claude’s commitment to excellence by producing a limited range of varietal favourites starting with the finest fruit from their family vineyards.

2016 Chardonnay: This full-flavoured Chardonnay with a crisp texture, and a hint of oak, has a light body and is best paired with seafood.

2017 Sauvignon Blanc: Filled with the aroma and flavour profiles of ripe melon, zesty lemon, and hints of tropical fruit, this Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp, refreshing aftertaste, perfect for hot summer days.

2016 Merlot: The first Merlot vintage embodies a light well-balanced mineral wine. Opening with bright black cherry and floral aromas. Once sipped the flavours of berries and bell peppers engulf the palate.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon: Berryhill’s first Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is smooth, full-bodied and complex. Opening with a toasted oak and tobacco aroma. Once sipped black cherry and black pepper flavours engulf the palate.

Certified by Lodi Rules, California’s first and original sustainable viticulture program, Berryhill Family Vineyards adheres to:

A rigorous and voluntary certification process that is audited by an independent third-party; and Key standards that are developed in six areas: water, business, soil, ecosystem, pest, and human resources management. Lodi Rules Standards are the most thoroughly and rigorously vetted set of sustainability practices in California’s viticulture industry. All standards have been peer-reviewed by world-renowned third-party scientists, members of the academic community, and environmental organizations.

Habitat conservation is weaved throughout their farming operation by simple practices such as infusing the soil with turkey and quail feed and planting wildflowers. Their careful care and cultivation of the land have created an environment where wildlife can flourish now and in the future.

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The USA Wine Ratings competition was introduced by Beverage Trade Network which organizes wine events worldwide. The competition aims to recognize, reward and promote wine brands that are created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker. The competition works on three major criteria; quality, packaging and value for money. For any brand to earn its space on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list, they must be marketable and consumer driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. This approach of USA Wine Ratings makes the competition different from other wine competitions.

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