Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard

Information about the planted areas of this vineyard

Grape Profile

Grape Details

Varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Wine Regions: Santa Cruz Mountains
Hillside Locations: Yes

Vineyard Size

Planted Area: 12.53 acres

Wine History

Grapes from these blocks have been used in the following wines:
Wine (Vintage)PriceScore
1. Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside (2007)$13992
2. Rhys Vineyards Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard (2007)$5092
3. Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside (2006)$11994

Farm Certifications

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Land Profile


Elevation1338.01 ft.
Slope22.2% (12.51°)
AspectSouth (188.72°)

Solar Radiation

Average Radiation TotalWH/m2
Growing Season150183.74

Climate Indices

Index Name
Growing Degree-Days2919.22
Huglin Index2068.71
Biologically Effective Degree-Days1591

Temperature & Rainfall

AverageHi °FLow °FRain in.
Growing Season75.751.56.59
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Block List

Planted Areas of this Vineyard (33)

  1. Block: A4a (0.53 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1427.1 ft. | Gazos, Lobitos
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  2. Block: A4b (0.49 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1428.29 ft. | Gazos, Lobitos
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  3. Block: C1 (0.47 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1258.72 ft. | Gazos
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  4. Block: C2 (0.48 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1234.81 ft. | Gazos
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  5. Block: D1 (0.3 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1265.36 ft. | Gazos
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  6. Block: D2 (0.48 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1277.06 ft. | Gazos
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  7. Block: D3 (0.35 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1287.97 ft. | Gazos
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  8. Block: D5 (0.52 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1302.92 ft. | Gazos
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  9. Block: D6 (0.44 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1317.82 ft. | Gazos
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  10. Block: D7 (0.33 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    1340.9 ft. | Gazos
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About Alpine Vineyard

From its steep and rocky perch, Alpine Vineyard gazes at the Pacific Ocean 8 miles in the distance. The soils are shallow and rocky while the slopes can range up to 40%. The altitude and proximity to the ocean contribute to a very cool climate, but unlike most of California’s cool and foggy sites Alpine has little wind. This unique combination of climate and soil produces wines that do not taste like any other Pinot Noir or Chardonnay in the world.

In order to most completely explore this unique character, Alpine is divided into ½ acre blocks with tightly planted 6' by 4' rows. These blocks contain 16 different clones of Pinot Noir and 4 different clones of Chardonnay. Most of the clones are of low-yielding “Heritage” or “Suitcase” selections such as Calera, Swan, La Tache, Hyde and Wente. Each of these blocks is micro-vinified, which has allowed us to isolate three distinct Pinot Noirs. Rhys Alpine Hillside is produced from the steepest and lowest yielding section and features unusual complexity, power and concentration. The small east-facing Rhys Swan Terrace offers a more elegant expression of the vineyard while a rigorous selection of the remaining blocks is made for the larger Rhys Alpine bottling. Each of these Alpine Pinots offers the unusual combination of rich black fruit and crushed rock complexity that makes this vineyard so special.

Alpine Vineyard is situated 3.6 miles west of Skyline Blvd. and 8 miles from the coast on Alpine Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard was planted in 2001-2003 and consists of a total of 13 acres.

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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.ā€¯ 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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