Vineyard Sources

Embodying the lush elegance of cool-climate California winegrowing, Migration’s exploration of the great Burgundian varietals began in the Anderson Valley, and is dedicated to going beyond its original home and exploring Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California's finest cool-climate appellations.

"Traditionally at Duckhorn Wine Company," says winemaker Dana Epperson, "the character of a particular wine is deeply connected to a specific place or region. Migration offers a different paradigm. We are starting with a clearly defined style and exploring how that style can be expressed in different winegrowing regions, which is a fascinating prospect."

The centerpiece of our Migration winegrowing program is our Running Creek Vineyard. Located on River Road, in the heart of the magnificent Russian River Valley, this spectacular Estate vineyard features 70 acres of Pinot Noir vines, and 20 acres of Chardonnay. But in our search to make compelling single-vineyard offerings, we have traveled up and down the coast, visiting more than 40 of the finest cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards choosing a select few to work with.

 

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Running Creek Estate Vineyard

Elevation
74 feet

Acreage/Size
89.42 acres

Varietals
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Sub-appellation
Russian River Valley

Soil Type
Yolo Loam Overwash, Parajaro Clay Loam, Laniger Loam, Yolo Silt Loam

Running Creek Vineyard (2014) Located on River Road, in the heart of the Russian River Valley, this spectacular vineyard features 70 acres of Pinot Noir vines, and 20 acres of Chardonnay. Running Creek was planted to an ideal selection of clones suited to the fertile Yolo loam soils, yielding a diverse array of exceptional fruit. The vineyard is shaped by the clockwork morning fog that is one of the hallmarks of the region, cooling the vines and preserving the natural acidity that is necessary for great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At the same time, Running Creek gets abundant sunshine, allowing the grapes to fully ripen while developing brilliant varietal flavors.


Bien Nacido Vineyard

Elevation

Acreage/Size

Varietals

Sub-appellation
Santa Maria Valley

Soil Type

Established in 1973, Bien Nacido has earned a reputation as one of California’s premier vineyards. Our prized blocks include original 1973 plantings, as well as vines planted in 1991. Planted in the low-vigor soils of the Santa Maria Valley, the vines face the full force of the wind and fog off the Pacific.


Dierberg Vineyard

Elevation

Acreage/Size

Varietals

Sub-appellation
Santa Maria Valley

Soil Type

Located atop a mesa overlooking the Santa Maria River, Dierberg Vineyard has emerged as one of Santa Maria Valley’s great Chardonnay sites. Within view of the Pacific Ocean, Dierberg's windswept vines are grown in sandy soils and produced a wine that is notable for its steely minerality. Grown in sandy soils, Dierberg’s meticulously farmed vines face the full force of the winds that sweep off the Pacific, producing low yields of concentrated Chardonnay. The result is a wine with length and force that is highlighted by bright acidity and beautiful peach, nectarine and white flower aromatics.


Drum Canyon Vineyard

Elevation

Acreage/Size

Varietals

Sub-appellation
Sta. Rita Hills

Soil Type

Planted in 2003, and farmed by the Dierberg family, Drum Canyon Vineyard is located on the eastern edge of the famed Sta. Rita Hills winegrowing region, where cool, coastal breezes help to produce a beautifully structured Pinot Noir, with velvety tannins and pure notes of pomegranate, dark cherry and clove.


Dutton Ranch

Elevation

Acreage/Size

Varietals

Sub-appellation
Russian River Valley - Green Valley

Soil Type

Migration is dedicated to crafting wines from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions highlighting lush fruit, bright acidity and impeccably balanced oak. This focus has taken us to the hillsides of Dutton Ranch in Green Valley–the coolest and foggiest part of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard’s ideal Goldridge soils, and a mix of elite clones, produce a complex and aromatically driven wine with bright cherry, cranberry and red raspberry layers, supported by beautiful acidity and sophisticated notes of Asian spice and earth.


Charles Heintz Vineyard

Elevation
900 feet

Acreage/Size

Varietals

Sub-appellation
Sonoma Coast - Green Valley

Soil Type

Since 1982, Charles Heintz Vineyard in Green Valley has emerged as a legendary site for Chardonnay. Located atop the second ridge inland from the Pacific at 900 feet elevation, Heintz is a warmer vineyard in a cool winegrowing region. Within view of the Pacific Ocean, Dierberg's windswept vines are grown in sandy soils and produced a wine that is notable for its steely minerality. This unique combination creates a gracefully balanced wine that combines the richness and intensity of perfectly ripened old vine fruit with the structure and acidity of great Sonoma Coast winegrowing.