Our Grapes

From California Grapes To Your Table

All Cypress Hill wines are produced from California grapes. Over a period of four years we have made multiple personal visits to many of the California vineyards and wineries. As a result of these trips we have established excellent working relationships with a select group of vineyards. These vineyards were selected not only on the basis of their ability to consistently produce grapes of exceptional quality, but also on their ability to maintain the quality and freshness of their grapes by expediting the shipping of the grapes to Ohio.

The majority of the California grapes are purchased from Borra Vineyards. Borra has two separate vineyards both located in the Lodi Wine Appellation of California. The Gill Creek Ranch vineyard consists of 200 acres positioned along the fertile north bank of the Mokelumne River in the Clements Hills region of Lodi.

At the time of Borra’s purchase (1991) the vineyard consisted of old vine Zinfandel and Chardonnay vines. After consulting with viticulturists, a solar specialist and soil scientists it was decided the territory was also ideal for the growing of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier grapes.

Cypress Hill Winery and Borra Vineyards both know quality wines can only come from quality grapes.

We are both committed to this goal.

When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.

Alexis Lichine

These root stalks were planted in a manner that allowed the grapes to receive the maximize benefit from the sunlight, soil and the cooling winds from the Sacramento River Delta. Row direction and trellising were designed to shade the grapes during the hottest part of the day. Pruning, crop thinning and irrigation practices were adopted to ensure fruit quality.

The grapes are harvested only when the flavors have fully matured and the tannins have softened. The grapes are then hand picked and sorted. Resulting from these efforts are wines consistently reflecting the true character and complexity of each varietal.