FROM The Vineyard of Francois Martinod
In 2008, some thirty years after the founding of Elvenstar Farm, we planted a vineyard in honor of our grandmother, Francoise Martinod. She was a renowned educator who taught with patience, respect and a meticulous attention to detail. We apply that same philosophy to our Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which thrive in the rocky, volcanic, red clay soil on the hillsides at Elvenstar.
The ranch soils are a rare iron-rich clay strewn with exposed volcanic rock dating back over 15 million years. Those stones are all that remains of ancient volcanoes that created the Santa Monica Mountains — millions of years ago. Those red soils are the result of mineral rich rock that has weathered, broken down, and become soil. This combination is prized worldwide for producing intense structured wines. Wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. This stony hillside requires hand farming of the highest order. Pruning, weeding, controlling mildew, harvest - all done meticulously by hand. We farm these soils organically.