Peay Vineyards is the fruition of the love, passion, and the extraordinary efforts of three very different people. Brothers Nick and Andy Peay founded the project in 1996, planted the vineyard and, with winemaker Vanessa Wong, celebrated their first vintage in 2001. Each brings a specialty to the endeavor. Neck oversees viticulture, Vanessa handles winemaking and Andy is the marketing and sales guru. In 2006, Peay produced 4,000 cases and does not plan to grow much beyond that. Venessa has made it clear that beyond an 8,000-case production, she cannot smell every barrel sample every block and be personally involved in every step of the winemaking process.
A Wine Geek’s Guide to Pinot Noir Clones Around the World
“It is difficult to get a good feel for the true character of a clone when the site and the winemaker tend to make a strong impression,” says Nick Peay, of Peay Vineyards in Annapolis, California. “Not only is it exceedingly rare to taste a single clone out of a neutral barrel, [but] if the winemaker favors […]
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The Wine Advocate
Peay Vineyards exists at the edge of the imagination—and the edge of viticulture. Back in the mid-1990s, when Nick and Andy Peay were looking for a very cool site to grow Burgundian-inspired Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, no one had planted grapes so far north in Sonoma County. Wine Advocate August 2020