located just four miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Edna Valley, the vineyard is often fog-laden & ocean-kissed
We purchased the vineyard in 2011 and it is our newest vineyard, located thirty miles south of Paso Robles in the Edna Valley AVA. The vineyard was originally planted by Andy Blodgett, who had a passion for the site and the vision to plant it the right way from the beginning. Andy planted the original 46 acres in 2006 and 2007 and we planted an additional 31 acres in 2012. Its climate is much cooler than our Paso Robles sites, allowing us to grow Pinot Noir & Chardonnay as well as a few other varietals. See vineyard map
climate and soil
Nestled into the rolling hills of the northwest corner of Edna Valley, Jespersen lies four miles from the Pacific Ocean, and derives much of its personality from the coastal influence. The growing season is long and cool with average daytime temperatures in the 70s balanced by early morning fog and mid-afternoon ocean breezes. The soils at Jespersen are very different from Paso Robles with dark, organic clay topsoil and a sandy subsoil. The result is well-drained vigorous soils where the challenge in growing high quality grapes is controlling abundant vigor.
rootstock and clone selection
The undisputed stars and largest acreage plantings at Jespersen Ranch are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We also have smaller plantings of varietals we absolutely love including Syrah, Grenache, Albarino and Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard was designed from the beginning for high quality viticulture with high density plantings, shallow rooting rootstock and a diversity of clones.