High elevation Syrah from Mt. Veeder because “Syrah likes a good view” says winemaker Lore Olds.
Sky produces a tiny amount of Syrah that is all hand-harvest and manually crushed. This wine is dry and medium-bodied with hints of bright red and black fruit, cocoa, blood orange, dried herbs and cigar box. The tannins are smooth and the finish is long with a very subtle touch of pepper.
Organic farming practices. This winery is completely off the grid and solar powered since the 1970s.
“Sky Vineyards is perched high between Napa and Sonoma valleys, nestled near the crown of Mt. Veeder and open to the expansive sky, with fourteen acres planted at an elevation of 2100 feet on the eastern-facing hillside, our Zinfandel and Syrah vines ripen through sunny days and fog-cooled evenings into intense berries. The reddish volcanic soil and unique physical characteristics of Sky produce a wine that faithfully reflects where it was grown and the care and attention it receives at every step of the process.
Sky Vineyards strives to incorporate sustainable practices into the cultivation of the vines and operation of the winery. We have been farming organically for over a decade. Responsible practices include use of permanent cover crops, dry farming, promotion of birds and beneficial insects, minimal water use at the winery and a diminutive carbon footprint. Sky is off the power grid and relies on solar panels and minimal generator use to power our activities.
Our intensely flavored fruit is hand-harvested and fermented in open top one-ton bins. Punch down is performed by hand three times per day. After fermentation, it is pressed in a traditional basket press and aged in French oak barrels. Lore Olds designs the artwork for each new vintage.
Our family has overcome the challenges left by the devastating 2017 Wine Country fires. We lost our home and a portion of our vineyards, but we’re still here and eager to share our special wines with you.”