While reading one of my favorite wine books (George Taber’s Judgment of Paris), I made some notes in the margins to keep track of a vineyard’s production units of quantity. I’m not sure why I like knowing this. Maybe it’s just nice to be able to relate what’s in my glass back to the small square of land from which it came. I thought it would be neat to turn my notes into something of a flow chart (maybe this site should be “winenerd”) that could help others visualize the production of an acre of vines into a glass of wine. Just remember that the numbers can vary based on several factors including the type of grape, planting arrangement, and terrain; yields can vary based on weather and benchmarks for quality.
Kate and I took the pictures in 2009 and 2010 at Cade, Cline, Silver Oak, Grgich Hills, Chateau Montelena, Opus One, and Silverado. Take a look and let me know what you think.