Revolutionizing Vineyard Irrigation

vineyard irrigation eqquipment at Sugarloaf Mountain vineyard

We’re farmers, not politicians. So the fact that Atlas Vineyard Management is part of a revolution is pretty surprising. But sure enough, it’s true. As of April we’ve signed onto a trial we believe will revolutionize vineyard irrigation. If we’re right and the technology works, it will revolutionize farming grapes, making wine and conserving water, too. But let’s back up Continue Reading →

Bud Break Climbs Up West Coast

bud break for the 2014 grape growing season

Bud break has arrived in the vineyards Atlas farms, announcing the start of the grapegrowing season. (See “What is Bud Break?”) Development in our vineyards is averaging seven to 10 days ahead of average, according to Francisco “The Professor” Araujo, Director of Quality Control and Technological Winegrowing Operations for Atlas Vineyard Management. Even though the grapes are just now making Continue Reading →

Central Coast Regional Manager Travels to Brazil With California Agriculture Leadership Program

Class with Dr. Durval Dourado & Dr. Ricardo Oliveira at the Univ. of São Paulo College of Ag in Piracicaba.

Cultivating leaders who will guide the future of agriculture After wrapping up harvest at home, Atlas Central Coast regional manager James McGarry left for Brazil with his classmates from the California Agriculture Leadership Program. The group took a boat trip on the Amazon River and completed service projects at the Irma Dulce School and Irma Dulce Hospital. They also visited the University Continue Reading →

Vineyard Picnic


“We had an incredible time showing our love and appreciation for our Atlas crew and their families. While we are lucky to have a great winemaker and are blessed in owning a special piece of land, we would be nowhere without our vineyard crew. They are the heart and soul of our wine and a special part of our family. We were literally “dancing in the dark” as our lunch party turned into a barn dance under the full moon. It is reassuring to see that our team can play as hard as they work.”

Thank you again to everyone at Atlas for a remarkable harvest and a bountiful year!

Bill and Cindy Wenzlau

Oregon 2013: Balanced flavors and richness


It was the second week of September when Ken Kupperman called the first pick at the vineyards he oversees for Atlas Vineyard Management in Oregon. The weeks since have been a flurry of activity, as vineyard sites reached maturity at the same time and the state finished one of the quickest harvests in its history. “It’s a blur,” Ken says. Continue Reading →

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough


The Napa Valley American Viticultural Area is arguably the most famous growing region for wines in the United States. But with 15 recognized sub-appellations, it also is home to a wide variety of styles of its signature variety: Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve already discussed how winemakers can use harvest timing as a tool to guide winemaking style. Another essential component is choosing Continue Reading →

When to Pick for Varietal and Wine Style


We’ve already harvested much of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir growing at vineyards we manage in California’s North Coast. But how do we know when to harvest? As the in-house winemaker for Atlas Vineyard Management and our Northern California regional manager, Anthony Weytjens works directly with clients talking about the optimal time to pick. For larger sites and wineries with Continue Reading →

Harvest Quality: It’s in Your Hands


When it comes to creating high-end wines, winemakers have been using the same recipe for hundreds of years: limit oxygen exposure, age with toasted oak and harvest by hand. At Atlas Vineyard Management, we hand-harvest all of our vineyards. There are many reasons we choose hand harvesting over mechanization, but they are all part of the same goal: quality.When it comes Continue Reading →

Establishing a Dry-Farmed Vineyard


For many wine consumers—and even some of us in the industry—the term “dry farming” conjures up images of gnarled old Zinfandel vines in California’s Central Valley and Sierra Foothills. But dry farmed vineyards exist all over the state, and during the past year Atlas Vineyard Management has helped property owners convert one traditionally irrigated vineyard to dry farming and Continue Reading →