Our Aida Estate is a historic property that has produced wine since the 1920s when Petite Sirah vines were first planted at this site. Zinfandel wines were planted in 1973. In late 2000, Chuck and Anne acquired Aida, and an upgrade of the vineyard was immediately undertaken with several vine blocks being replanted. Cabernet sauvignon now serves as the backbone for our Aida Estate vineyard; however the old zinfandel vines are still a key part of Vineyard 29’s portfolio, providing fruit for our Aida Estate Zinfandel and our Aida Estate Late Harvest Zinfandel.
Blocks 1 and 2 are clone 337 on 3309 and 420A rootstock.
Blocks 3 and 4 are clones MAD and 4 on 101-14 rootstock.
Blocks 5 and 6 are clone 3 on 110R rootstock.
Block 10 are field selections on 3309 rootstock.
Blocks 7 and 8 are the Aida clone on St. George rootstock.
At one time, the Napa River flowed over the entire vineyard area at Aida. While the Napa River is contained within narrow banks today, the vineyard soils are generational river deposits, and quite rocky – much like those seen in France’s southern Rhone Valley. Aida’s soils force the vine root systems to work very hard navigating the rocks in search of water. This yields small, concentrated grapes which in turn produce wines with fully ripened fruit flavors and firm tannin structure.
Although technically on the floor of the Napa Valley, between the Vaca and Mayacamas mountain ranges, Aida Vineyard is not at all a flat, “valley floor” site. Stretching from Highway 29 eastward to the Napa River, the vineyards at Aida undulate, encompassing several hillsides and knolls. These hillsides lend effective water drainage, placing stress on the vines and causing them to produce lower yields of highly concentrated grapes.
Our Aida Estate experiences a unique microclimate for the St. Helena appellation. Due to the increased influence of the marine air drawn in from the north the site is slightly cooler than the Vineyard 29 site. Balancing this is the vineyard’s valley floor location and rocky soils, making the growing conditions even warmer than the Vineyard 29 site, resulting in bold concentrated varietals.