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Varieties
Located in the North Coast and Clear Lake appellations, Luchsinger Vineyards are organized into 4 main blocks each consisting of 10 acres. Two of the blocks are planted to Sauvignon Blanc 01 on 5C and 3309C trained onto a quadrilateral cordon trellis system. The third block is Sauvignon Blanc Musque on 101-14MG trained onto a cane pruned system. The fourth block consists of 5 varietals: Tempranillo 02, Touriga Nacional, Troussau, Tinta Cao and Souzao, all on 101-14MG and trained onto a bilateral cordon California Sprawl trellis system.


Location and Soil
Soils in the vineyards consist of alluvial rocky loam with some clay. Big Valley is a structural basin that is part of the larger Clear Lake basin. Elevations on the valley Floor range between 1,330 and 1,440 feet. The surrounding mountains rise to heights of 2,550 feet to 3,000 feet above sea level.


Weather
During the growing season, Big Valley experiences a nearly 50% change in temperature from day time to night. The average summer daytime temperature is 94 degrees, while falling at night to 48 degrees. The annual average rainfall in the Big Valley area is 28-36 inches.


 
 
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