Lime Kiln Soil & Terrain
Lime Kiln Soil, Terrain and Grape Growing
Because limestone is water soluble, it is carried into the AVA from higher elevations from rain and watersheds. Lime soils are highly valued for grape growing. The Burgundy region of France is famous for its limestone soils.
There is a significant amount of water stored underground. This can be tapped to irrigate vines, especially in lower elevations of the AVA where rainfall is scarce. But the Enz Family, who own the most local vineyards, insists on dry farming their grapes.
The Lime Kiln AVA is located about 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 20 miles from the San Joaquin Valley. The town of Hollister is about 10 miles to the north.
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