In addition to Etude Wines, Tony Soter also owns vineyards in Oregon. The soils in Carneros are primarily composed of clay, but many of Etude’s vines are planted in soils with volcanic deposits.
Soter’s vineyards span over 1,000 feet in elevation, providing for a range of soil types. Because of this, Etude has partitioned their vineyards into dozens of distinct blocks, each suited for a specific clone of Pinot Noir.
While Etude grows its own Pinot Noir, it buys Cab from the warmer Rutherford AVA. The warmer climate is advantageous for producing robust Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery also produces a small amount of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc from fruit purchased from other vineyards in the Carneros AVA.
The 2003 harvest marked the first that he used his new winery. Soter recently remarked, “With these enhancements and the development of our estate vineyard, the future for Etude is very bright.”