The late 1970s and 1980s were joyful years in the vineyard with family doing most of the work.
In the early 1990s the entire vineyard died of Pierce's Disease, a bacterium carried
by the sharp-shooter
from native plants in the area.
In the last year of Chancellor McHenry's life, 1997-98, we replanted with four clones of Pinot Noir (Swan, 115, Pommard, and 13). Again we were astounded by the quality of the fruit and its transformation into superb wine.
The family is drawn together at harvest once again, but we morn the lost of "grampa doon". Now there are grandchildren and great grandchildren helping out in the vineyard.
We are so grateful to all the causes and conditions that came together to result in such delicious wine.
Linda and Henry
Smoke from the Lockheed Fire just beyond the vineyard on August 13, 2009 at 9am. The heroic efforts of over 2000 fire-fighters stopped the fire just before it reached Bonny Doon.