Bastoni Vineyards

Originally planted by Martha’s grandparents, Pasquale & Maria Bastoni in 1906, she and her husband, Russ Messana now cultivate 35 acres of vines. After a century of growing Zinfandel, Palomino, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Carignane, the vineyard had to be replanted in 2005 when yields became too low to maintain. Her grandfather and father sold their fruit to a variety of wineries over the years including Italian Swiss Colony, Charles Krug and Geyser Peak.  Currently planted with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouschet, the Messana’s maintain a family tradition of farming and community in the Fountaingrove District AVA just east of Santa Rosa.

Growers of Bastoni Vineyard 2008

Grower: Russ & Martha Messana
Elevation: 145 feet
Soil Type: Spreckles loam – common in Sonoma County
Appellation: Fountaingrove District
Varietals: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet
Year Planted: 1906-replanted in 2005

Organic/Sustainable: Sustainably farmed, but not certified
Clones: DuPratt
Rootstock: St. George
Vine Training: Trellis – vertical shoot positioning
Pruning System: 2-bud spurs
Irrigation Type: Drip irrigation
Last Watered: 1 week before pick
Average Crop Yield in Tons/Acre: 2-3 T/acre