Rhys Vineyards

Skyline Vineyard

Information about the planted areas of this vineyard

Grape Profile

Grape Details

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

Vineyard Size

Planted Area: 3.06 acres

Wine History

Grapes from these blocks have been used in the following wines:
Wine (Vintage)PriceScore
1. Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard (2008)$59
2. Rhys Vineyards Syrah Skyline Vineyard (2007)$4993
3. Rhys Vineyards Syrah Skyline Vineyard (2008)$49

Farm Certifications

These blocks do not have any farm certifications

Land Profile


Elevation2326.16 ft.
Slope18.9% (10.71°)
AspectSouth (197.51°)

Solar Radiation

Average Radiation TotalWH/m2
Growing Season156534.54

Climate Indices

Index Name
Growing Degree-Days2567.88
Huglin Index1766.99
Biologically Effective Degree-Days1393.3

Temperature & Rainfall

AverageHi °FLow °FRain in.
Growing Season71.652.46.48
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 (11)

  1. Block: 13 (0.31 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    2297.36 ft. | Aptos
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  2. Block: 14 (0.17 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    2317.93 ft. | Aptos
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  3. Block: 15 (0.13 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    2328.08 ft. | Aptos
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  4. Block: 16 (0.16 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    2324.94 ft. | Aptos
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  5. Block: 17 (0.16 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    2320.38 ft. | Aptos
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  6. Block: 18 (0.13 acres)
    Grape: Pinot Noir
    2313.98 ft. | Aptos
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About Skyline Vineyard

At 2360 feet of elevation, Skyline Vineyard is one of the highest Pinot Noir vineyards in California. This extreme altitude helps cool the vineyard while providing the constant sunshine that is found above the fog. The rocky soils are extremely shallow and make the vines work hard throughout the season. In order to produce a viable crop, the vines are very tightly spaced with Pinot Noir at 2'x3' and Syrah at 4'x3'. We think that Skyline is the most closely spaced Pinot Noir vineyard in California. Its 12 clones are planted in selection massale (mixed together) at a density of almost 7000 vines per acre.

We are very excited about this vineyard’s potential to make powerful, mineral-driven and aromatic wines. In the 2007 vintage, the first few barrels of Skyline Pinot Noir show a fantastic and unusual Moroccan spice and pepper character.

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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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