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Migration Vineyards

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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," 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

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Running Creek Estate Vineyard Elevation

Elevation
74 feet

Running Creek Estate Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
89.42 acres

Running Creek Estate Vineyard Varietals

Varietals
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Running Creek Estate Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Russian River Valley

Running Creek Estate Vineyard Soil Type

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

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Bien Nacido Vineyard Elevation

Elevation
600 ft

Bien Nacido Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
800 acres

Bien Nacido Vineyard Varietals

Varietals
Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

Bien Nacido Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Santa Maria Valley

Bien Nacido Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Elder Loam, Sandy Loam, Chalk, Gravelly Loam and Marine Loam

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

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Dierberg Vineyard Elevation

Elevation
550 ft

Dierberg Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
162 acres

Dierberg Vineyard Varietals

Varietals
Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

Dierberg Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Santa Maria Valley

Dierberg Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Sandy Loam over Marine Sediment

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

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Drum Canyon Vineyard Elevation

Elevation
700-750 ft

Drum Canyon Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
78 acres

Drum Canyon Vineyard Varietals

Varietals
Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

Drum Canyon Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Santa Rita Hills

Drum Canyon Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Sandy Loam

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

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Dutton Ranch Elevation

Elevation
550 ft

Dutton Ranch Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
1,200 acres

Dutton Ranch Varietals

Varietals
Pinot Noit

Dutton Ranch Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Russian River Valley - Green Valley

Dutton Ranch Soil Type

Soil Type
Shallow Goldridge, Sandy Loam

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

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Charles Heintz Vineyard Elevation

Elevation
900 feet

Charles Heintz Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
55 acres

Charles Heintz Vineyard Varietals

Varietals
Pinot Noir

Charles Heintz Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Sonoma Coast - Green Valley

Charles Heintz Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Goldridge, Sandy Loam

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.