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Element 79 Vineyards

Les & Sharon Heinsen

7350 Fairplay Road
Somerset, CA 95684
United States

About the vineyard

Element 79 Vineyards is at 2400 feet elevation in the heart of the Fair Play AVA. Our 70 acre estate has 32 acres of vines planted. The upper vineyard has 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 acres of Petite Sirah and 2.5 acres of Viognier. The lower vineyard has 2 acres of Cabernet Franc, 1 acre of Petite Verdot, 7 acres of Syrah and 10 acres of Zinfandel. We expertly farm with our own in house team. Our talented vineyard manager has 30 years experience growing grapes in the Fair Play AVA. Planted in 2003-2005 to 8x5 spacing with VSP trellising. Syrah and Viognier are cane pruned. We produce award winning premium wines for our own label from these quality grapes. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing our grapes or would like clone and rootstock info.

35.00 acres
2400 feet
Home Winemaker Friendly?
Varietal Year Planted Clones Rootstock Description
Cabernet Sauvignon
This vineyard produces outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock. Grown at 2400 feet elevation in sandy loam soil with warm days and cool nights allowing full flavor development while maintaining acidity. VSP and farmed to 3 tons per acre. High quality C.S. grapes without the high price. We employ our own vineyard staff and the best farming practices to produce the highest quality award winning grapes.
Petite Syrah
You need award winning Petite Sirah for your lineup! We call it the Purple Beast! Award winning Fair Play AVA Petite Sirah from Element 79 Vineyards upper vineyard. Clone 3 on 110-R rootstock. VSP and cordon pruned with 8x5 spacing. The same grapes that are used in our award winning Petite Sirah. We have filled our own needs and our Napa contract and will have a little left for this great price. Will be harvesting soon. A great addition to your offering as a single varietal or to go into a premium blend. Amazing color.
This one acre of Primitivo is on our Element House Estate. It is a new acquisition of Element 79 Vineyards located just 1 1/2 down the road from our estate vineyards. This primitivo is head trained with 10'x8' spacing. We are farming these vines with the same great farming practices as our estate vineyard. Judging from the 2019 vintage the flavor profile is outstanding and will make a great addition to your wine varietal offerings. Will sell in quantities from 1/2 ton to 4 tons.
Specially farmed for our own label and assisted with great weather this fruit has been able to hang and develop amazing flavor. Make yourself an award winning small batch with these grapes.
Our Viognier has won Double Gold from the SF Chronicle wine competition 2 years in a row. Grown at 2400 feet elevation from the Element 79 Vineyards upper vineyard block. We have a couple tons. You won't be sorry you took advantage of this opportunity.
Amazing high quality Zinfandel. Micro fermentation done and sensory tested and no smoke taint detected. Available in any quantity. It is Dupratt clone on 101-14 rootstock planted to 8x5 spacing and cordon pruned with vertical shoot positioning. It is grown at 2400 feet elevation in the heart of the highly regarded Fair Play AVA. It is excellently farmed and the fruit load is managed to produce 3 1/2 - 4 tons per acre.