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Fred and Alberta Zmarzly, owners of Albertina Wine Cellars and Zmarzly Family Vineyards, hope that you enjoy browsing through this website. Information on the vineyard, winery and the wine being produced is presented so that you may become more familiar with the wines. – Description from Dragac

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Fred and Alberta Zmarzly own a 418 acre ranch on the side of a mountain, west of Hopland, CA. The 17 acre vineyard on the ranch is planted mostly with Cabernet Sauvignon vines; the balance of the vines are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Fred operates the vineyard, performing such tasks as driving the tractor, mowing, weeding, fertilizing and maintaining the irrigation system and equipment on the ranch. Alberta has planted rose bushes at the ends of many of the vine rows, pruning them so that they show flowers most of the year. She also maintains a vegetable and herb garden within the vineyard. The name of the winery was chosen by the name Alberta's father, of Italian descent, used to call her as a little girl: Albertina Albertina Wine Cellars is a boutique winery specializing in ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon wines made from mountain grapes. The current production is less than 1500 cases per year with plans to increase production ultimately to 3000 cases per year. The vineyard is on the north side of the mountain slope, offering a unique terroir and microclimate with warm days and cool nights. Afternoon summer breezes cool the vineyard; the peak afternoon temperatures are 3 to 5 degrees cooler than the valley floor. The degree-days of the vineyard is 3200, in Region 3 of the grape-growing classified areas in California, ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil in the vineyard is red loam, about 3' to 6' deep, over fractured sandstone. It is well drained, with low to moderate fertility. Soil tests performed have shown good humus levels and sufficient levels of natural nitrogen and potassium. The phosphorus levels are a little low but are supplemented with rock phosphorus and wood ashes. A total of about 17,000 vines have been planted for a vine density of 1000 vines per acre. Most rows in the vineyard are 8 feet wide while the vines are planted 5 feet apart. The latest trellis technology has been employed to grow grapes of terrific quality. A Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) trellis system, with its movable wires, gently guide the growing shoots vertically in order to expose the leaves and berry clusters to the sun. It has been demonstrated that berry clusters that are exposed to sunlight produce more phenols and colors, resulting in superior tasting wines. No insecticides ever used! The vines are irrigated with a drip system that is supplied by an entirely gravity-fed irrigation system. A 30 acre-foot pond high above the vineyard supplies water to the vines. No electricity is used to pump the water; the water just flows down-hill through pipes to the vineyard. – Description from dvoristanac

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