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The Highlands

Tucked away in Monterey County, you'll find a vintner's dream. The Monterey region is a land of coastal mountains, fertile valleys and cool maritime breezes that contain rocky, alluvial soil. Here, the powerful combination of soil, elevation and climate, have all contributed to give each vintage its own powerful style.

The cool, foggy mornings and evenings, as well as reliable afternoon sunshine, combined with a long growing season, give our grapes the extra hang-time on the vine needed to develop the apple and pear tastes of our Chardonnay, the black cherry tastes of our Pinot Noir, the spicy blackberry notes of our Syrah and the creamy textures so distinct to this growing region.

The Manzoni vineyard currently consists of three different Pinot Noir clones covering 5 acres, including Dijon 777 and 115, and a special clone locally referred to as LaTache. Syrah clones Estrella and 470 cover the remaining one acre.

In many vineyards, high yields are the standard. The Manzoni Estate Vineyard strives, instead, for low yield – just three to four tons per acre. The crop is thinned by hand during the ripening process dropping the green fruit and small clusters. This meticulous process assures that the fruit is properly ripened. Superior harvest standards, relying on hand labor and hand selection of grapes, assures you that each wine you purchase is a premium vintage made from only the finest fruit.

Further, each vintage represents our finest efforts in winemaking. The Manzoni Family is dedicated to creating wines that are a beautiful addition to your cellar.

"We hope you enjoy tasting them as much as we enjoyed making them.