"I love great Gamay and I think Gamay will find a significant niche within the West Coast this decade. We own-rooted our first Gamay block back in 2016. The vines have struggled to establish themselves in the extreme Ballard Canyon wind and diurnal shifts and yields are very low. We are now working on grafting Gamay onto rootstock. The new Gamay blocks will begin producing in 2021. In the meantime, we are augmenting our production with our favorite Gamay vineyard in Santa Barbara County – the biodynamic Martian Ranch, as well as the Organicaly farmed Presquile vineyardoverlooking Santa Maria. As one of the new members of the Stolpman Syrah So Fresh Family, Carbonic and no sulfur added - GDG Gamay comes with a label hand-written in Ruben’s beautiful penmanship. When Tom Stolpman arrived at Villa Angeli one Friday afternoon in early 2016 he noticed some re-plantings across the L’Avion runway in Block 6. He asked me what we had planted:
“Oh, that’s the new Gamay!”
“You Planted GOD DAMNED GAMAY?”
“Well, at least we have a name for it now!” " -Tom Stolpman
Stolpman Vineyards is located in Ballard Canyon, just 15 miles from the coast. The location lends to warm days with cool nights. Tom and Marilyn Stolpman planted their first grapes in 1992 and today have 120 planted acres. The vineyard continues to be a dynamic location for the planting of Syrah, Sangiovese and Rousanne. Jeff Newton and Larry Finkle, along with our Vineyard Manager, Ruben Solorzano, have recently planted high density vines and continue to explore the standards of what it takes to make the best quality grapes from southern exposed vines and limestone soil.