Historic Vineyard Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s historic vineyards. Educating wine consumers about the special nature of old vines and preserving their place in history as so many vineyards are ripped apart to meet trends or match yield demands.
Vineyards registered to this society must have been planted no later than 1960 and at least one third of the vines must be traced back to their original planting date. Those are pretty strict criteria to meet. However these are classic vineyards that should be protected for future generations around the globe to enjoy. I’m glad to see some of my favorites are being protected including Old Hill Vineyard, Sonoma’s oldest vineyard and the most complex field blend vineyard, arguably anywhere (Davis experts are still trying to identify plantings).