Vineyard planning began in the spring of 2003 and the first 14 acres were planted in 2004, a combination of Bordeaux and Rhone varietals designed to discover which would yield the best results; an additional 10-acres were added in May 2008. Selected for the moderately rocky soil composition, gentle hillside mountain slope, and 2000-foot altitude, the site provided for excellent growing conditions. The vineyards are sustainably cultivated, using materials and farming techniques that emphasize water and soil conservation. Weather data records indicate climate conditions at the Vineyard to be parallel in almost every respect to the Oakville / Rutherford appellations of the Napa Valley. Remarkably, average daily daytime temperatures are cooler than St. Helena, located 22 miles to the west.