Burning Bench Cellars

Moon Hill Vineyard

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Burning Bench Cellars


Moon Hill Vineyard

Planted Area

3.01 acres




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275 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA, 94946




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Grape Profile

Grape Details

Varietals: Pinot Noir
Vine Age: 15 years (average)
Wine Regions: North Coast
Hillside Locations: Yes

Vineyard Size

Planted Area: 3.01 acres

Farm Certifications

These blocks do not have any farm certifications

Land Profile


Elevation689.22 ft.
Slope25.1% (14.11°)
AspectSouth (171.41°)

Solar Radiation

Average Radiation TotalWH/m2
Growing Season146848.02

Climate Indices

Index Name
Growing Degree-Days2879.35
Huglin Index2001.18
Biologically Effective Degree-Days1605.66

Temperature & Rainfall

AverageHi °FLow °FRain in.
Growing Season74.9526.09
For more detailed information about the topography, climate, and soil of the vineyard blocks that grew these grapes, click on the individual blocks in the block list.

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Block List

Planted Areas of this Vineyard (3)

  1. Block: 1 (1.26 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    652.06 ft. | Dipsea, Tocaloma
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  2. Block: 2 (0.58 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    681.08 ft. | Dipsea, Tocaloma
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  3. Block: 3 (1.17 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    734.51 ft. | Dipsea, Tocaloma
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About Moon Hill Vineyard

The Moon Hill Vineyard is planted high on the south facing slopes of the ridge between the San Geronimo and Nicasio Valleys. The sites full sun exposure during the day, combined with a cooling marine influence at night, provide perfect conditions to ripen Pinot noir. A shallow layer of clay loam soil, often not much more than a foot thick, overlays a fractured sandstone substrate resulting in an extremely low vigor site. The steep slopes, close vine spacing and narrow terracing all combine to require that our vineyards be tended completely by hand. We practice sustainable farming techniques which emphasize no-tillage, cover cropping and composting for building soil health. The seven-year old vineyard is planted with Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 and 828. Our Pinot noir is crafted using traditional low intervention methods and in the Burgundian style.

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Vineyard-ID: 2380
Created Date: June 20, 2012
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Data Notes and References


Farm Certifications: See the certifications page to learn more about the farm certifications Everyvine tracks.
Soil Horizon: Bedrock value set to "-" is not available. Available water capacity units are cm/cm.
Solar Radiation: Area Solar radiation has been calculated in watt hours per square meter (WH/m2)
Topography: Topography values are averaged over the block area. Aspect is expressed in positive degrees from 0 to 359.9, measured clockwise from north.
Growing Season: For use in various statistical averages, Everyvine defines the vineyard growing season as the period April 1st to October 31st.


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Topography: Topographic and solor radiation calculations are based on 1/3 arc-second (approx. 10m) elevation models. Data provided by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), EROS Data Center, National Elevation Dataset,, 1999
Climate Indices: Calculations based on methodologies described by Gregory Jones and John Gladstones. See the following:
  • Jones, G.V, Duff, A.A., Hall, A., and J. Myers (2009). Spatial analysis of climate in winegrape growing regions in the western United States.” American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, in Press Spring 2010.
  • Gladstones, J. (1992) Viticulture and environment (Winetitles: Adelaide).
Month Climate Averages: Monthly and annual temperature and rainfall values based on 30-arcsec (800m) normals for the climatological period 1971-2000. Data provided by PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University,, October 31,2008
Soil: Soil data is collected from the following sources:
  • SSURGO: Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) Database. Available online at
  • STATSGO2: Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. U.S. General Soil Map (STATSGO2). Available online at
  • Web Soil Survey: Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Web Soil Survey. Available online at
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