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Testarossa Winery is Serious About Its Soils

Tuesday October 2, 2012 by Ryan Fernandez

Testarossa Winery showcases its soils in its tasting room to stress the importance of all parts of the winemaking process.

Testarossa Winery

Just up the street from downtown Los Gatos, California is the 124-year old Jesuit Novitiate (pronounced "no-vish-ut") winery. Testarossa Winery has been using the three-floor, gravity-flow winery since 1996.

We dropped by the tasting room on a bright and hot late summer day, where they had not only wines but samples of their soil from their different vinyards. Testarossa partners with more than a dozen California vineyards, each producing a different kind of wine. Even the earliest French winemakers believed that soil, through such factors as drainage and root structure support, had influence over the amount of minerals and nutrients to which a vine is exposed.

Testarossa Winery

Here is one soil sample from the Pisoni Vinyard.

Testarossa Winery

For a more throrough explanation of their winemaking process, stop by Testarossa next time you're in NorCal!



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