The land where the Chardonnay grapes are grown for our champagne varietals is located in Champagne, France and was first cultivated in 1889. Because these wines are produced in the Champagne region, they qualify as true champagnes and not sparkling wine. Rather than using chemicals to control weeds in the vineyard, the land is plowed to promote the rooting and microbial life of soils. Harvesting is done naturally to prevent chaptaliser, which is the addition of sugar. All of Alexander Vineyards Champagnes are made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, except for the Grand Cru Rosé Champagne. The Chardonnay grapes are grown in the Côte des Blancs region, which is known for its chalky terroir that lend themselves to elegant champagnes. Each champagne is designated Grand Cru, meaning a wine of the most superior grade.
Bordeaux is found in southwestern France along the border the Bay of Biscay of the Atlantic Ocean. The large Gironde River bisects the region know as the “Left Bank” and the “Right Bank”. Left Bank appellations such as Haut-Medoc, Graves, Cerons, Sauternes and Barsac are known for their outstanding red, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, and white varietals blends, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and single varietal masterpieces. The Right Bank is known for their heavier Merlot blends found from the appellations of St. Emilion and Pomerol.
These classic Spanish wines are made at the foot of Sierra de Cantabria in Spain. The grapes originate from a family-operated vineyard that is over a century old, with newer vines planted in the last half century. This region has a mild, ideal climate and naturally contains clay-limestone soil, providing the optimal conditions to produce balanced, quality wines. The grape varietals used in AV's Spanish wines are Viura and Tempranillo. Tempranillo grapes are a black grape varietal used to make full-bodied Spanish red wine. Derived from the Spanish word for young, Tempranillo grapes ripen earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Viura grapes are grown in the Rioja Alavesa region of northeastern Spain and can produce dry, semi-sweet, or sweet white wines.
Middle Mosel in the village of Bernkastel. The Mosel region is known for its spectacular Rieslings. These wines are classified, in part, by the ripeness of the grapes when they are harvested. They can range from Kabinett, dry to off-dry, to an Eiswein, that has concentrated sugars due to the freezing of the grape that is usually picked at night. The Mosel has its vineyards situated on very steep hills with gravel imparting great minerality to the wines.