Los Chamizal Vineyards are the estate vineyards of Haywood Wines.Chamizal ~ a Spanish word which translates to “a thicket of hardwood”, closely describes the rugged valley, folded between the ridges of the Mayacamus Mountains, which Peter Haywood chose as the site for his vineyards in 1973.To plant his grapes the thickets had to be cleared and terraces carved into the hillside.The vineyard was designed so each of the varietals grown would be planted in the most favorable location:
* Zinfandel and its sibling, Primitivo are grown on rocky slopes facing to the south and east.
* Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a hilltop of fractured tuff exposed to the warmth of the sun all day.
* Cabernet Franc is grown on cooler sandy loam terraces facing to the east.
* Malbec is grown on a lower gentle slope of fractured basalt rock.
* Merlot is planted on a cooler gently sloping nose of land facing to the north.
* Mourvedra, Grenache and Syrah like the Merlot are planted higher on a hillside facing north.
“We know that the vineyard is the source of all wine quality.In steep, rocky soil only the strong vines survive to produce fruit for the finest wines”
– Peter Haywood
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