VinSense welcomes creative partnerships with wine grape growers, wineries, industry groups, educational institutions and consultants and service providers in the grape and wine industry. We are currently partnering with two Napa area vineyards and a vineyard and orchard in southern Indiana.
We also partner closely with Purdue University, where the technology was developed and licensed to VinSense.
Robert Biale Vineyards was founded in 1991 by four partners including Robert Biale. The Biale family has a long history of farming in the Napa Valley dating back to the late 1930’s after they originally emigrated from Italy. They initially started farming Zinfandel only and sold the grapes to be used as bulk wine.
Today about 70 years later, Zinfandel is still the main varietal that Robert Biale is known for, but they also produce Petite Sirah, other varietals, and red blends. The wine comes from their own vineyards (~10 acres) as well as from over 20 small vineyards contracted in Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and Contra Costa counties. One of Biale’s specialties is working with very old vines and a number of their wines are sourced from unique heritage vineyards.
We currently have sensors and microclimate stations in two Biale vineyards.
Tres Sabores is a small, family-owned ranch is located on the western Rutherford Benchland of California’s Napa Valley, where they grow over 20 acres of organically certified Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Syrah and Petit Verdot grapes, olives, Meyer lemons and exotic pomegranate cultivars.
Their single-vineyard wines include Tres Sabores estate Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from the Farina Vineyard of Sonoma Mountain.
We installed sensors and a microclimate station in Tres Sabores vineyard in late March 2015.
Huber’s Orchard, Vineyards and Winery is a diversified agricultrual producer with 600 acres of farmland on which they grow grapes, fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees and pumpkins. It is Indiana’s largest estate bottled winery, with everything from the vine to the bottle done on the property.
Huber has over 65 acres of vineyards and produces award winning wines, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Seybal Blanc, and many other varietals.
The 700 acres under vine are planted mostly to pinot noir and chardonnay, and only the fruit deemed to be in the top 10 percent of quality becomes Balletto vineyards wine. Our estate vineyards are located in the southeastern region of the Russian River Valley, where the ebb and flow of Pacific ocean fog provides the cool climate in which pinot noir and chardonnay thrive.
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. At 2600′, it is surrounded by the “upper vineyard”, now referred to as the Perrone Ranch.
With more than forty wines produced on-site at there state-of-the-art winemaking facility, a restaurant serving up cuisine made to pair perfectly with their wines, all on a property surrounded by sustainably farmed vineyards. Offering a variety of Tasting and Tour options hosted by their educated and entertaining hospitality staff.
In 1896, my great-grandfather, an immigrant from Italy, purchased a young vineyard for 10 gold coins he earned working as a cook in California’s gold mines. With its fog, cobbled hillsides and proximity to the ocean, this special place reminded him of his hometown in Italy, San Lorenzo. At the same time, my paternal grandfather, already a winemaker in California, founded Seghesio Family Vineyards and Winery. Eventually, my parents would meet over a grape purchase at the San Lorenzo Vineyard. Today, it is my privilege to steward the San Lorenzo Planting, and honor the iconic 120-year-old vineyard that has helped shaped my life. – Peter Seghesio
The San Lorenzo Planting today comprises 140 acres, 40 acres of which are planted to vineyard. And, not only is it our home but home to our winery, cattle, chickens, fruit orchard, olive grove, restaurant vegetable garden and, four our two teenage boys, a small motor-cross course. – San Lorenzo Winery