Rava’s Black Jack Vineyard
Ideally situated on a hillside overlooking a fertile valley floor in Monterey County, sits the gently-sloping Blackjack Vineyard grown by Jerry Rava and sons Jerry Rava II and Chad Rava. The vineyard benefits immensely from foggy mornings, warm days and coastal breezes that pick up in the late afternoon, leading to cool nights. Because the cool temperatures allow the grapes to ripen more slowly, the growing season for the fruit is extremely long, with early blooming and late harvest. This results in aromatic fruit with bright flavors with great acidity. Although the vineyard is perhaps best known for one of the first California Grüner Veltliners, we also produce an expressive Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from cool climate grapes grown in this vineyard.