Soil: Clay Station's distinct soil is a direct result of eons of runoff from the Sierra Nevada mountain range, imbuing the land with a unique set of minerals. The mix of large granite and stone "cobbles" that break up the soil profile create excellent drainage.
Climate: Clay Station is quite different from most of the vineyards in the region. Situated on naturally terraced slopes rising 200-300 feet above the valley floor, Clay Station is bordered in many instances by Dry Creek. The creek connects the ranch to the cooling nighttime breezes that come from the San Francisco Bay and reach the higher elevations of the vineyard. The Mediterranean style climate – long, warm summer days and cooling night-time breezes from the ocean provide a combination that is perfectly suited for growing small and flavorful grapes.
Grape Varieties: The vineyard offers soil and climate profiles that are perfect for growing a number of grape varieties, including Viognier, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.