In the heart of Saint Helena, our historic Hayne Vineyard is home to 117-year old heritage Zinfandel vines, and the source of some of the most highly rated Zinfandel in California. Like living works of art, each of these old vines is a unique spirit unto itself.
Our vines are dry farmed, head-trained, hand-tended and managed sustainably with lots of love and no chemical intervention — the same way our family has done it for five generations.
These old vines have incredible, almost mysterious qualities — like their ability to preserve beautiful, mouthwatering acidity even with extended hang times. We can achieve ripe, concentrated berries that produce powerful and complex wines without ever compromising balance, or that luminous purity of fruit. This is the Holy Grail in winemaking and just one of the secrets of our old vines. This effort has given our vines character — a palpable life force that you can taste and feel in every Hayne Vineyard wine.
California Jack Rabbits abound on our little estate, and are an important piece in the ecosystem of our sustainable farming practices. The hare, as it turns out, has had a special significance in the myth, lore, and religion of most of the world’s cultures for thousands of years and, almost universally, is understood to represent luck, artistry, abundance, ambition, rebirth, and virtue, not to mention that it’s also well known for its ability to lead people into magical realms…
The Jack Rabbit (lepus californicus), from the family leporicea, the California Jack Rabbit is actually a hare, boasting taller hind legs and longer ears than its rabbit cousins. Reaching ground speeds of 40 miles per hour, they can leap more than 10 feet in a single bound, and are famous for their ability to outsmart predators as well as for their breeding prowess (aka libido).