Maple Creek Vineyards
9+ Acres Planted: Chardonnay, ,Symphony, Merlot
60+ Acres Slope Test Plantable -30 degrees
Maple Creek Vineyard has 9+ acres planted - 4.5 acres of Chardonnay; 2.5 acres of Merlot and 2 acres of Symphony. According to Dr. Paul Amorosa, terroir specialist who performed a slope plantable test, there are 80 plantable acres, although some of the plantable land is currently woodland and covered in beautiful trees.
The vineyard is in the Yorkville Highlands Appellation which is characterized by hot days and cool nights. The soils are clay, loam and rocky and the main vineyard is planted on a hillside which provides great airﬂow and limits its exposure to frost.
Year Planted Net Acres Varietal Rootstock Clone
1987 – 88 2.2+ Chardonnay AXR / St.George
2006 2.5 Chardonnay St George/ Wente
1987 – 88 2.5+- Merlot AXR / St.George
1988 2+- Symphony AXR / St.George
In 2006 Maple Creek re-trellised the chardonnay vineyard and also grafted the Cabernet to Chardonnay and Zinfandel to Symphony. Ezenhauer Vineyard Management and Tom Rodrigues currently manage and care for the vineyard. The average tonnage production is approximately 2.5 tons per acre - and the grapes are thinned to produce high quality fruit for premium wines. The grapes are grown using organic and sustainable farming methods (although the vineyard is not organically certified). The rootstock is believed to be AXR or St. George, but there is no way to verify this as the records from the prior ownersdo not exist. The vines are healthy and range from 5 - 25 years old. The quality of the fruit grown in this vineyard is outstanding and it reﬂects the unique terroir.