"Mountain soil is much better for producing wine grapes. Oh the vines would like the perfect soil, but grapes have a stronger flavor when vines must work hard to get what they really need for growing." - Martin Ray
Why are grapes grown on mountains more intense, flavorful and distinctive? Experts offer a variety of theories. Some think the "terroir" or quality of earth from which the grapes are grown, is the main reason for the distinguishing attributes. Others say it is the elevation, which exposes the vines to the atmosphere in ways promoting complete ripening and balance. Still others believe that the combination of soil and climatic conditions concentrate the grapes flavors.
Mountain fruit are the source of Martin Ray wines, including vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley's Diamond Mountain District, Sonoma Mountain and the hillsides of the Russian River Valley.