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Beckstoffer Opens Red Hills Station

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TASTE News Service, June 26, 2018 – Andy Beckstoffer, perhaps the most recognized California grower of wine grapes, announced yesterday that his firm will open its new Red Hills Station in the Red Hills AVA just outside Kelseyville in Lake County on July 21st.

Beckstoffer Vineyards first acquired land in the Red Hills in 1997 beginning the modern era of premium vineyard plantings in Lake County and has steadfastly been committed to proving that the Red Hills can produce ultra- premium Cabernet rivaling the best that California has to offer.

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“Vineyards and wine grapes don’t recognize California county boundaries,” observed Andy Beckstoffer. “The Red Hills located just north of Napa provide ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon soils and climate. There are many similarities between Napa when we arrived in 1970 and the Red Hills in 2018. Napa was not ‘wine country’ then and Lake County isn’t now. In the 1970’s, the Napa grapes had not really begun to realize their potential for ultra-premium wine. The same can be said for Red Hills. We believe that potential is there, and we plan to continue to pioneer its potential.”

Beckstoffer Vineyards owns approximately 1500 acres in the Red Hills of Lake County, with the 850-acre Amber Knolls Vineyard and the 650-acre Crimson Ridge Vineyard which are planted on the hillsides between 2,000-2,500 feet elevations. The company currently sells Red Hills fruit to more than 30 different wineries and winemakers, many of which are earmarked for ultra-premium vineyard designated wines.

Established in 2004, the Red Hills AVA is located in the northern Mayacamas Mountains on the southwest edge of Clear Lake. At the foot of Mount Konocti, the AVA is comprised of dozens of volcanic hills ranging from 1,350 to more than 3,700 feet above sea level. Grapes are grown in mountain climate conditions with the majority of the AVA’s acreage planted at or over 2,000 feet allowing for greater levels of sunlight. The exposure to sunlight, combined with low humidity and temperate climate allows grapes to ripen without dramatic fluctuations, resulting in bright, balanced wines with complex flavor.

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