Recognized as one of the premier sites for Pinot Noir in the new world, David Hirsch planted his vineyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the extreme Sonoma Coast in 1980, making it the oldest premium Pinot vineyard in the region.
At an altitude of 1,500 feet, and three miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean, the Hirsch Vineyard experiences wide annual swings in moisture and temperature. From fall through spring, the vineyard averages eighty inches of rain, while the summer climate is dry and desert-like. The vineyard features varying levels of drainage, as the soil disparity from one location to another is extreme, ranging from heavy clays to sandy loams to clay loams with rocks scattered throughout.
Today, Hirsch Vineyard has become one of the most sought-after sources for Pinot Noir grapes in California, providing fruit to Littorai, Williams Selyem, Failla, and Kistler, in addition to FEL. Since 2002, David Hirsch has also been producing his own estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this complex, cool-weather site.