From the very beginning, it was the vision of Thomas Fogarty Sr. that when the winery and 30 acre vineyard was developed, that the remaining 330 acres from his 360 acre estate would be set aside to remain in an open space preserve.
The Vineyards are a geologic story written in the rocks that underlay this portion of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The bedrock ranges in age from approximately 3 million to 30 million years old. The different bedrock formations include Lambert Shale, Mindego basalt and Purisima. Each vineyard is defined by its different geologic underpinnings that help to make up one facet of the overall terroir of Thomas Fogarty Winery.
Our farming practices reflect the respect for the land, by respecting and working with the soils natural micro biological systems. We believe the most exciting wines come from vineyards with ‘Living Soils’, healthy soils, soils that will support healthy and balanced vines. Our farming is a distillation of what we have learned from organic, sustainable, and bio-dynamic practices, with a healthy touch of intuition. These practices have been honed and developed over our 35 years of farming Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the very cool Northern Skyline subregion of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We nurture our ‘Living Soils’ and healthy vines by making use of cover-crop cultivations, creating a habitat for beneficial insects, we compost, and apply compost-teas.