Rhys Vineyards

Home Vineyard

Information about the planted areas of this vineyard

Grape Profile

Grape Details

Varietals: Pinot Noir
Vine Age: 13 years (average)
Wine Regions: Central Coast, San Francisco Bay

Vineyard Size

Planted Area: 1.43 acres

Wine History

Grapes from these blocks have been used in the following wines:
Wine (Vintage)PriceScore
1. Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Home Vineyard (2008)$500

Farm Certifications

These blocks do not have any farm certifications

Land Profile


Elevation440.96 ft.
Slope13.6% (7.72°)
AspectSouthwest (213.96°)

Solar Radiation

Average Radiation TotalWH/m2
Growing Season147652.22

Climate Indices

Index Name
Growing Degree-Days3072.94
Huglin Index2299.34
Biologically Effective Degree-Days1806.85

Temperature & Rainfall

AverageHi °FLow °FRain in.
Growing Season79.349.45.08
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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About Home Vineyard

The Home Vineyard is unique in many ways. Within its tiny 1/4 acre, planted in 1995 and 1998, there are 6 clones and 3 varieties. While most vineyard blocks in California are planted with a single clone of Pinot Noir, many of Burgundy’s greatest vineyards are planted with a mix of clones, or “Selection Massale”, that are picked together. Similarly, the Home Vineyard is harvested in one batch and fermented as a field blend of diverse vines.

While the Home Vineyard enjoys the same mild, consistent climate as the Family Farm vineyard, it is situated on a different soil type. The decomposed sandstone of the Whiskey Hill formation and clay loam topsoil provide an elegant wine of earthy complexity, powdery aromatics and beautiful red and black fruit.

After years of experimentation, we have learned that the Home Vineyard produces its best wine from 100% Whole Cluster fermentations and little new oak influence. This hands-off approach allows its layered, elegant earthy character to really shine.

In 2007, we were able to expand the Home Vineyard by adding 1.4 acres of very tightly spaced 4ft x 4.5ft rows of “Suitcase” clones. We expect these new vines to begin contributing grapes in 2009 or 2010, which will allow us to increase production beyond the current single barrel.

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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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