Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills AVA derive their unique quality from the mineral laden soils and the excellent drainage of the sloping hillside vineyard sites. This area also enjoys a cooler climate than neighboring appellations, and the intensity and complexity of the wine produced in this appellation represents an extraordinary value for the dollar when compared to the more high profile wines just to the west.
First planted in 1972, Sierra Vista Winery sources its fruit from one of the oldest vineyards in the Sierra foothills. John Maccready used his engineering background to help him develop vineyard sites that took full advantage of the excellent drainage of his estate. Most of his grape vines are planted on their own rootstock – not grafted. Own rooted vines produce bolder more intense flavors while also staying true to their varietal without any influence from the grafted roots.
Sierra Vista’s Chardonnay blends fruit from his 30 year old vines to create an elegant wine with notes of pineapple, citrus, and subtle hints of vanilla. The winery has also been certified sustainable by the Fish Friendly Farming Verification Program.