Osgood Farms Vineyard

Property Geography

Size
80 acres, 10 planted
Location
Off Chimney Rock Road, 15 miles from the Pacific ocean.
Distance to Le Cuvier
6.75 miles

Vineyard Overview

Osgood Vineyard is located off of Chimney Rock Road, approximately 6.75 miles from Le Cuvier Winery, and about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard lies within the Adelaida District in the mountainous Santa Lucia Range to the west of Paso Robles.

The Adelaida District is an American Viticultural Appellation characterized by shallow, bedrock residual soils that are largely calcareous in nature. The District receives in the range of 30 inches of rain per year, making it a good candidate for farming vines without use of irrigation. The site is steep, and the planted acreage ranges from 1,563’ to 1,882’ in elevation.

Grapes Grown & Wines Sourced

Osgood Farms Vineyard grows the following grape varieties. Varieties used in Le Cuvier wines are identified as "sourced by Le Cuvier".

Cabernet Sauvignon 1 acre
Zinfandel 4.5 acres
Petite Sirah 4.5 acres

Table Summary

Le Cuvier sources a significant portion its Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from the Osgood Vineyard.

Vineyard History

The Property totals approximately 80 acres and was acquired by owners Dave and Tobey Osgood in 1976. The Osgood’s live on the ranch with their son Mike and daughter Robin, and the entire family takes an active role in hands-on farming of both the vineyard and a walnut orchard.

The vineyard was planted in stages between 2000 and 2003, for a total of 10 net planted acres.

Farming Practices

The entire vineyard is dry-farmed and head-pruned, meaning that the vines are individually trained to a stake rather than strung together along a wire trellis. “Dry-Farmed” means that the vines need to survive on available water retained by the soil during the winter rainy season. The vast majority of commercial vineyards have grape yields largely governed by relative levels of irrigation and fertilization provided by the farmer; conversely, grape yield from dry-farmed vines grown on rough, rocky soils is very low because each individual vine is restricted by the natural limitation on resources where the vine grows. This results in grapes with highly concentrated, small-sized berries filled with site-specific personality.

Management

Dave Osgood farms the property with the help of all members of the family.