Enz Vineyards currently makes Mourvedre, Zinfandel and Pinot St George. These vines are planted in the limestone and decomposed granite soils of the Lime Kiln wine region.
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In 1967, the Enz Family moved to a 300 acre ranch in the Lime Kiln wine region. There was a very old 15 acre vineyard on the property. These vines were planted by the original homesteaders in 1887.
For the first 30 years, the Enz Family sold all of their grapes to other wineries. Wild Horse Valley Winery in Paso Robles was particularly interested in buying their old vine Mourvedre. They also sold grapes to Almaden, Guglielmo Winery. Enz Vineyards began making wine in 1972, but reevaluated their strategy during the 1980s. The new and improved label was unveiled for the 2000 vintage.
Enz Vineyards and Winery currently owns about 1,400 acres and is planted with 40 acres of vines. Mourvedre and Zinfandel are their specialties, but they also grow Pinot St George, Pinot Noir, and Orange Muscat. Except for the Pinot Noir, all of the vineyards are head pruned and goblet trained.
Enz Vineyards dry farms all of these vines, meaning that no irrigation is used. Owner Robert Enz believes that he would yield about two additional tons per acre if he used irrigation. These viticultural practices cause the vines to develop large, deep root systems. The resulting grapes are extremely flavorful and make concentrated wines of considerable depth.