Vineyard 1869

by Jana Harvey on March 6, 2009

This is the taste of history – a Zinfandel from America’s Oldest Zinfandel Vineyard. Scott Harvey, a German-trained, California winemaker has created an elegant, complex, first growth wine. On March 24, 2009, Vineyard 1869 will be released and available at This renowned vineyard was planted 140 years ago. The ancient vines plunged their roots through twenty-five feet of multiple soil types in search of water. The famous vineyard was first noted in a deed from an 1869 U.S. Geological Survey – making it America’s oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard. The immigrants who planted these vines chose them from hardy stock. In the late 1800’s, the vines survived the nearly total destruction of California’s vineyards from the disease phylloxera and in the 1900’s they survived Prohibition. The vineyard now produces small yields of high quality Zinfandel. It is now coveted for producing California’s premier Old Vine Zinfandel.

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