A benchmark Anderson Valley vineyard, the Savoy Vineyard was acquired in April 2011. Planted by Richard Savoy in 1991, the vineyard is located close to the valley’s mid-point, just west of the town of Philo.
Rich Savoy first purchased a homestead high above Boonville in 1984 and began planting his small parcel with grapes shortly thereafter. At the time, the valley had only a handful of vineyards, but Rich’s passion for Pinot Noir inspired him to see the possibilities of this remote place. It was not the first time Rich Savoy turned a passion into a business. As a 25 year old in 1967, Rich opened the acclaimed Green Apple bookstore in San Francisco’s Richmond District.
The cool nights and warm summer days around the Philo area intrigued him, and, seeking a larger vineyard site in the area, he knew he had struck gold when he discovered a gently sloping southwest-facing pasture near the junction of Gowan Creek and the Navarro River. The ground was prepared, drainage installed, and a pond built. The first vines of Savoy Vineyard were planted in 1991, with additional acreage added every few years throughout the 90s.
The 44 acres are planted to a diverse blend of Dijon and Heritage clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyard is made up of 34 sub-blocks – each managed individually to maximize quality. FEL continues to sell fruit from Savoy to many of the respected wineries that helped build the vineyard’s reputation, including Littorai and Radio Coteau, as well as newcomers Auteur, Failla, and Peay. FEL’s Savoy Pinot Noir bottling consistently offers the elusive combination of concentration and elegance.