The breathtaking beauty of the area, the coastal climate, and the excellent reputations of our neighboring vineyards led us to acquire this small vineyard back in 2012. This is remote farming at its best, viticulture on the fringe. The property is located just north of the town of Annapolis, CA (population 200) and 5 miles inland from the captivating Sea Ranch coastal community. The proximity to the ocean provides moderate temperature fluctuations that lead to consistent seasons and fruit development. The soil is composed of a thin layer of sandy loam (Josephine series) of volcanic origin, marine sediment from ancient seabeds and rocky formations. Holtermann Vineyard was planted in 2002 to four clones of Pinot Noir, the Dijon 115, 777 and 828 clones as well as the Pommard one. The vineyard´s elevation ranges from 700 ft on the southwestern edge to 800 ft on the northeastern tip.
For three generations, the Holtermann family had the privilege of importing and representing many notable and leading wineries from all over the world. In working alongside each of the different wineries, we were intimately exposed to the work culture, the philosophy, the winemaking style and the vision each had of their place in the global wine map. Our import selections spanned from very rare finds to million case wines. Our personal relationship with the entrepreneurs, the enologists, the marketers and the viticulturists leading these organizations provided a unique lens through which we were able to gain deep insights into the allure, challenges and intricacies of winegrowing. In this craft, success can be defined in many ways but, almost inevitably, behind the most inspirational winery cultures, there was a mix of humility, long-term commitment, hard work, understanding of terroir, and attention to detail that made them unique.
Our family has now planted new roots in the remote ridge tops of Annapolis on the Sonoma Coast. From this beautiful and remote place, we are committed to handcrafting Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of elegance, finesse and complexity. We believe our wines should reflect their place of origin, and be an expression of our family vineyard and other carefully selected cool coastal sites. Through our wines, we strive to express the intersection of place and family - the beautiful cold Pacific climate so perfect for Burgundian varietals, and the soul of a family long-dedicated to the love of wine.