Vineyard | Bon Niche Cellars


Planted in 2007, our Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc vines are thriving on our 7 acre-vineyard. We experience wet, cold winters and hot, dry summers, common to a Mediterranean climate. The coastal influence brings cool nights, with diurnal temperature swings as much as 50 degrees per day, which allows our grapes to maintain high acidity. Ayar and Diablo soils dominate the property, which are derived from calcareous materials of shale and sandstone and possess water holding capacities over 8 inches.

The majority of our vines are grafted on rootstock 101-14 Mgt (Millardet et de Grasset), which was specifically chosen due to its adaptation for moist, clay soils. We have an in-ground well and six irrigation blocks, which are monitored and employed by our vineyard manager, Melani. Our goal is to restrict water usage to increase the flavor of the grapes while maintaining healthy vines.

We are currently in the process of working towards our “Sustainable in Practice” (SIP) certification, with the goal of being completely sustainable by 2022.

Our vineyard typically produces between 3-5 tons per acre, depending on weather and harvest conditions. We may have Malbec and Petit Verdot available for purchase any given year – priority is given to previous buyers in regards to choice of location/block for harvest, but we invite you to come walk the vineyard and see it for yourself! We work closely with our buyers to achieve the characteristics desired in their wines. As winemakers ourselves, we are dedicated to quality yields. Contact us for availability and pricing.