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Since 1922 the Bartolucci Family has consistently created a perfect marriage of grapes and wine at Madonna Estate. Located in the world-renowned Carneros region, an area known for its fertile lands and cool climate, the Bartolucci family has found success with their organically grown grapes and Estate Bottled wines. In addition to practicing natural farming methods, they also combine traditional and modern winemaking techniques. As the third oldest winemaking family in the Napa Valley, it is important to them that they continue the commitment to farm naturally and preserve the winemaking traditions of past generations. As the third oldest winemaking family in the Napa Valley, the Bartolucci’s are dedicated to continue the premium grape growing and fine winemaking that has been established by generations passed. It is their commitment to continue to farm naturally, to preserve, and refine the winemaking traditions of their past, which will result in bringing you the finest wines possible. Our Madonna Vineyard is situated approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco in Carneros, the first viticulture area north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The name “Carneros” is Spanish for sheep, and was chosen for the region (which encompasses both Napa and Sonoma counties) because it referred to the many sheep ranches that were once scattered throughout the area. The borders of the Carneros appellation were drawn according to microclimate and soil characteristics, and many often say it looks like a bow tie when seen on a map. The soils of Madonna Vineyard are extremely diverse, due to the Carneros Region’s complex geological and climatic history. The close proximity of the Bay, and the impact of the ice ages are two important factors that have most heavily influenced the soil. In general, the soil in the Madonna Vineyard tends to be dense, shallow (approximately three feet deep), of low to moderate fertility, and high in clay content. In general, the soils of Madonna Vineyard have a strong impact the grapevine’s vigor by restricting the development of the root system and providing just enough nutrients and water to sustain growth without excess development.

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