Arneis and Vermentino are traditional northern Italian varieties. Sonoma County’s topography and climate – similar to that found in Northern Italy – inspired us to plant these two well-suited grapes on our Keyhole Ranch in northern Russian River Valley.
Arneis originates from the hills of Roero, northwest of Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy from where Edoardo Seghesio emigrated. Arneis translates to “little rascal,” due to its thin skinned berries and tightly formed cluster anatomy. This delicate nature brings challenges in the vineyard. Today, we farm three separate blocks at our Keyhole Ranch, where the cool, marine influenced climate produces highly expressive Arneis.
Recently, the Seghesio Family began an extensive vineyard replanting program that sought to grow intriguing varieties in the most suitable locations. Vermentino was planted in 2008, with 2011 marking the first vintage of this wine. While Vermentino’s exact origins are unclear, it thrives along the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy, and is well suited to the Russian River Valley’s marine influenced climate.