Scion Wood Vineyard is owned and operated by the Grycel family - Rob, Ileana and children. The vineyard and land is where the family began... They were married with the vineyard as the serene backdrop... And as soon as the young ones could hold their heads up, they were out in the vineyard in backpack carriers pruning and harvesting. The vineyard and love of wine, connects the Grycel family and the tradition of winemaking. It defines who they are and how they spend their time together.
"We love our vineyard and love our wine, and would like to share that love with the home winemaker, area wineries and wine consumers in Calaveras County and beyond," says Rob Grycel.
We continue to strive for perfection in our winegrape. Consequently, we drastically reduced herbacide use with the introduction of babydoll sheep in July 2010. At harvest time, bird netting is utilized at 100 percent coverage from ground floor to ground floor to protect winegrapes from birds. Routine refractometer readers are utilized to determine ripeness and grapes are picked at the peak of harvest.
Vineyard and Winegrape Facts
"Advantages - Phylloxera resistant, Good nematode resistance, Moderate drought tolerance, Moderate tolerance to chloride. Limitations - Rejects some virused budwood Successful Applications - Widely adapted to much of California. Popular alternative to Freedom in Central Valley. Production/split canopy programs in moderate to vigorous soils."***
*Information obtained by the National Grape Registry.
**Information obtained by Duarte Nursery.
***Information obtained by National Co-operative Soil Survey.