Gloeckner-Turner Vineyard

Rockpile

Located above Lake Sonoma with an elevation of 1,300 feet, Rockpile is one of the most unique places to grow grapes in Sonoma County. Due to the strained resources up high, these grapes come in smaller clusters with much more intense fruit. The average temperature is 10-15 degrees cooler than Dry Creek and it is one of the youngest AVA sites, having been adopted in 2002. Vineyards designated by Rockpile must be above 800 feet, the level at which fog settles on the valley floor and above the lake. The inversion caused by the lake, as well as the proximity to the coast at 16 miles, give Rockpile some truly unique growing conditions. Gloeckner-Turner Ranch is primarily a cattle farm. Only 24 of the farm’s 3,000 total acres are farmed for grapes, 8 of which are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.

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