A Vineyard Built by California
Black Knight Vineyards has a rich tradition of grape growing going back to the 1880’s when the first vines were planted and thrived up until prohibition.
At the end of the 19th century, the property housed a variety of agricultural businesses including dairy, olives, and christmas trees. In 1980 the vines were re-planted in Chardonnay, Syrah, and Merlot. The Black family purchased the property in 2007 and promptly realized the potential of the ranch was in cool climate varietals, turning half of the 15 producing acres into Pinot Noir. They have since added 32 total producing acres with multiple types of cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (115, 667, 777, 828, Calera, Pommard), and unique varietals of Gamay Noir and Ploussard. The vineyards are managed by Vigneron Mitch Black and a small dedicated crew who have been with BKV for over 7 years.
Derived from metavolcanics,
primarily cobbly clay loams
- Sustainability dry farmed in places, well water
- Varietals Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Merlot
- Pinot Clones Wente, 4, Robert Young
- Chardonnay Clones Wente, 4, Robert Young
- 22 Microclimates
Hand-made wine is an all-hands-on-deck operation. While a few family members keep the lights on day-to-day, the hard work of their extended family, friends, and employees goes into every aspect of the estate.
Since 2007, when the Blacks took over the farm, Black Knight Vineyards has provided fruit for and made award-winning wines– thanks in large part to the caring and meticulous handiwork of its stewards.
Our hundred and forty-year-old farm has survived numerous earthquakes, fires, and families to bring you a variety of wonderful wines. With 22 different microclimates, 5 different soils, and 5 different varietals, we're able to make incredible wines you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Mitch, the Winemaker & vineyard manager, was a chemical engineer before leaving the business world to bring his attention to detail and creativity to the Vineyard. He honed his mastery of burgundian wines with the mentorship of Terry Adams of Sonoma Cutrer.
A Master of Geophysics, eldest daughter, Lexine, helps manage every aspect of the vineyard and winery from the terroir to the tasting room.
As with any family operation, everyone wears many hats and DeAnne bridges the gaps. Helping fill the gaps in every aspect of the operation, DeAnne is often found around the vineyard in Fiona, a tractor name for Shrek's orange-haired female companion.
Farm dogs Commander Riker and Lady Eowyn are never far from the action, happiest playing in the Vineyard while the Black Knight team is hard at work.
Mitch BlackWinemaker & Vineyard Manager
Lexine BlackDir. of Sales & Tasting Room ManagerAsst. Winemaker & Vineyard Manager