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In 1977, Henri & Claire Vandendriessche set out to revive White Rock Vineyards where a vineyard and wineryhad been established in 1870 by Dr. J Pettingill. The wines are made in an underground cave, dug in 1988 from the same white volcanic rock that characterizes the vineyards. This part of Napa Valley is well known as Cabernet country. 16 acres in Cabernet Sauvignon and five acres in Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, on three terraced hillsides with northern and western exposures were planted in 1979. The 15 acre Chardonnay vineyard is planted in the lowest sector of the valley where Cabernet is less suitable. In its protected position in the Napa foothills, this 36-acre vineyard enjoys a micro-climate cooler than the valley floor. From the beginning, watering and fertilization was done sparingly. Total production ranges from 2,000 to 2400 cases depending on vintage conditions. Pending Organic Certification.