Chirs Hammell manages about 900-acres of premium wine grapes at Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Maria in Southern California. Harvest should kick off in early September and wrap up in late October.
Paul Wilkins, left, and Chris Hammell share a laugh. Wilkins, a winemaker, visited a block of grapes he plans to buy for the Alta Maria Vineyards winery in Santa Maria.
Chris Hammell samples a grape.
Workers traverse a hillside vineyard above the Santa Maria Valley floor.
Hammell says most vine spacings are 6X3 feet or 8X3 feet at Bien Nacido Vineyards.
Bien Nacido Vineyards is a successful 900-acre wine grape operation in Southern California which has incorporated changes to expand the operation and create higher quality grapes.
Western Farm Press
Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×