Gravel Ridge is a 5-acre, east-facing vineyard, on a 35-40 degree slope, at approximately 900 foot elevation. The vines were planted in 1979 and 1980, predominantly on AxR rootstock which required replacement in the mid-90's; we have since interplanted new vines to tighten spacing to four feet while converting from cordon to cane pruning. Like all other Cooper-Garrod vineyards, Gravel Ridge is certified organic, unirrigated, and the vines are naturally stressed.
Our founder and winemaker, George Cooper, established this vineyard, our first, in 1972 under the tutelage of legendary winemaker Martin Ray and with the help of son and daughter, niece and nephew. Martin Ray provided cuttings from the original Paul Masson vineyards, which he owned in the 1930 and 1940's, and which were among the oldest in California. In 2008, we replanted 1/2 acre with Pinot Noir.
Valley View vineyard is 3 acres, south-facing and steep (35-40 degrees) with an elevation ranging from 900-1,000 feet. Established in 1989, it is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lone Oak is a 6-acre, south and west-facing vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon with slopes that vary from level to 35 degrees. The vineyard is dominated by a 100-year old California Live Oak, which provides commanding views of Santa Clara valley. Planted in 1991, the vineyard is trained to double cordon trellising.
Finley is a 7-acre, south-facing vineyard is located on a knoll on the south side of Mount Eden Road with soils that change from gravel to shallow clay as the vineyard descends from 800 to 750 feet. The vineyard was planted in 1999 and hosts four varietals: two acres each of Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier and one acre of Merlot. The vineyard is named after early settlers.