seghesio Family Tradition
Vineyard Manager Jim Neumiller and his son, Grower Relations and Viticulture Manager Ned Neumiller, represent the Seghesio family’s fourth-and fifth-generation of winegrowers. For years, Jim and Ned worked side-by-side with third-generation grower Peter Seghesio, who learned the trade from his family. In managing Seghesio’s unique and exceptional vineyard sites, carefully selected over a century, Jim and Ned balance generations of experience with the most advanced modern viticultural practices, ensuring the highest quality grapes with each vintage.
To achieve our goal of balance for each vine, we use lower-vigor rootstocks in tandem with cover crops. In order to achieve uniform ripening, our vineyard crews practice rigorous hand-farming practices for aggressive shoot suckering, canopy leafing, weak shoot fruit removal, removal of touching clusters, veraison thinning and post-veraison “touch up” passes. The result of such meticulous work leads to yields far below the industry average.
Great wines are made in the vineyard. Great vineyards are made through knowledge of the land. Seghesio is fortunate to have had five consecutive generations dedicated to shepherding the grapes from field to bottle.
Our Zinfandel Commitment
We specialize in Zinfandel, America’s Heritage Grape. It is one of the most difficult varieties to farm, as it tends to ripen unevenly, right down to each individual berry. We carefully eliminate as much of this variability with aggressive and specifically timed cluster thinning throughout the growing season.
Our primary goal is to farm balanced and properly stressed vines to produce smaller berries and clusters. The final stages of the season require careful thinning of the fruit to eliminate clusters that are under-ripe or overripe, to ensure uniform flavor and aromatics. Our constant presence in the vineyards reduces the risk of missing the narrow harvest window, a common problem with Zinfandel grapes.