Why the Ramona Valley AVA grows great wine grapes (photos)

by Dennis Grimes on May 22, 2009

The Ramona Valley AVA affords wine grapes premium growing conditions and terrior.

We back up that claim with awards – 100% of our 2007-2008 vintage wines and Ports have won thirty (30) medals in highly credible International, National, and Regional wine competitions within in the 2009-2010 competition season.

The near-daily marine (fog) layer offers a dynamic (and enchanting)  real-life scene for Eagles Nest Villa/Cottage guests each morning, and insight into the excellent climate and winegrape growing conditions of the Ramona Valley.

Located 20 miles from the Pacific coast to the west, and 20 miles from the Sonora Desert to the east – the AVA’s weather pattern gives us a desirable cooling effect for the vines in the evenings and at night,  readying them for the following long warm growing day temperatures.

If you wanted to farm excellent table grapes, California’s Central Valley is a great place with its long hot days, warm evenings and nights that produce large, high sugar, low acid grapes.

This, however is not the climate you need for growing quality wine grapes - which need cool evenings and nights to maintain a balance between sugars and acids. No one likes a flat/flabby low acid wine – thus grapes grown in hot regions would not make a good choice for wine making.

Please visit us at http://eaglesnestwinery.com Click here! see our vineyards and experience the enchanting fog/marine layer for yourself by visiting us at Eagles Nest Vacation Villa/Cottage.  Read our actual guest comments- Click here!

Below are some sequential photos taken in May, before we started positioning the vertical shoot growth in the vineyards. You can see the marine layer dissipate as the morning sun warms it.

5: 55 AM Pre-sunrise

6:30 AM The sun begins to warm the marine/fog layer and it rises

6:51 AM The fog begins to dissipate

7:04 AM The fog further dissipates

7:30 AM Further dissipation…

Here’s a photo the next day showing ground fog only, no marine layer

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Shannon McCollough July 16, 2013 at 07:49

Ramona is such a beautiful place with such wonderful wine. I love watching as more vineyards and more wineries are turning it into San Diego’s premier wine destination. Thanks for all your hard work!

Dennis Grimes August 1, 2013 at 22:00

Shannon – Thank you for your kind words of support. Growing grapes and making quality wines is hard work. The Ramona Valley wineries appreciate your support and patronage – it’s a great place to grow great wines.

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