Soils and Vines

Tench Vineyard is situated in eastern Oakville where the Vaca Range and valley floor converge to form the eastern Oakville bench. Planted to 42 acres, the vineyard comprises a variety of soil types that have been identified to best match the scions and rootstocks planted in each vineyard block. The eastern flank of the vineyard consists of the signature rocky and iron rich golden-red soils that make eastern Oakville famous. The rocky and nutrient deficient soils allow us to hone optimal vine stress producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. Although Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant cultivar planted on the property, a few blocks are dedicated to small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc.

The different soil types at Tench Vineyard

Biodiversity & Microclimate

In addition to vines, Tench Vineyard includes a 19-acre knoll that is covered by an Oak forest, fruit trees and grasslands. It is home to a wide array of animals that co-exist with the surrounding vineyards, including the red tail hawk, which can be seen hunting throughout the vineyard. The knoll, together with the surrounding hills and consistent afternoon winds, create a unique microclimate in this part of eastern Oakville producing wines that are balanced, suspenseful and alive.

Tench Vineyards looking south