Bonded Winery #9 has 635 planted vineyard acres and the property is the tenth largest planted acreage in Napa County.
The winery is committed to growing grapes without the use of chemicals. Certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers, Bonded Winery #9 uses organic vineyard management techniques. Selective leaf and shoot removal reduces fungus and mildew pressure. Cover crops like oats, peas, mustard and vetch, are planted between rows to naturally inhibit soil erosion, reduce dust, restore nutrients and encourage micro-bacterial activity. Even grape skins and stems are composted after harvest and added back to the soil, replenishing nitrogen and potassium and increasing micro-bacterial activity.
For more information about organic farming please visit www.ccof.org.
The 635 vineyard acres are divided between Oakville (35%) and Yountville (65%), two distinguished appellations within Napa Valley. Within the vineyards are several distinctive blocks, each having a specific name. These vineyard names began making their debuts on prestigious wine labels in the late 1990’s.
Sauvignon Blanc reigns here, occupying all of the 32 acres. Bonded Winery #9 acquired the vineyard in 1986.
Block House Vineyard
Block House is the largest of our vineyards at 450 acres and planted to Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The vineyard is named for pioneer George C. Yount’s block house, the first Kentucky style block house west of the Mississippi. In the design of a block house, the top floor juts out over the ground floor so that inhabitants can protect the structure. Block houses were often constructed for defense in frontier areas.
Nestled on a gently sloping knoll on the north edge of Yountville, Ghost Block vineyard is named in honor of the historic Pioneer Cemetery for which it borders. The vineyard is 16 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lincoln Creek Vineyard
Known for its Merlot, the 80 acres of Lincoln Creek is located between Highway 29 on the west and the Napa River on the east in the Oakville appellation. It is named for a small creek that cuts through the middle of the vineyard.
Rock Cairn Vineyard
In the Oakville appellation, grapes from the old vines of the Rock Cairn Vineyard have been long sought after by some of Napa Valley’s finest wineries. It is named for rock cairns left by Native Americans who traveled through the hills of Yountville. The 32 precious acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mill Race Vineyard
The Mill Race Vineyard is cradled by a curve in the Napa River’s eastern bank. George C. Yount’s original grist/flour mill was powered by a “race” – a diverted part of the river once on the site of this vineyard. Located in the Yountville appellation, Mill Race Vineyard is sheltered by the Yountville Hills to the west and is situated just below the border of the Oakville appellation to the north. This block of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot is 32 acres.
The Pelissa Vineyard is 60 acres and is located in Oakville, Napa Valley. The vineyard is named for Andrew and Babe Pelissa, who after their marriage on August 30, 1930 made their home at the site of this vineyard, which at the time was a dairy. Two generations later, the heirs of Andrew and Babe purchased the land and named the vineyard in honor of the heritage that began a family business still thriving today, thus bringing the family full circle. The vineyard is formerly known as “BV 7,” one of the vineyards responsible for some of the great BV “Georges de Latour” Cabernet Sauvignons.