At Matin Du Bois Vintners, we are firm believers in the axiom that the wine begins in the vineyard.
As such, the “backbone” of all of our wines is from the grapes of our own Luiseño Vineyard Estate.
With Bordeaux varietal rootstock and vines imported from early Temecula Valley French settlers, propagated throughout the decades, and planted on a slope in 1975, the fruit is of unprecedented quality and provenance in the Temecula Valley.
Three French varietals are grown in the sandy, loamy and rocky soil; the two Bordeaux varietals of Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the Alsatian varietal Muscat.
The spacing of the vineyard rows and vines is wider than vineyards planted today, with only 240 plants per acre, nearly 5 times less than contemporary Temecula vineyards.
The vines run north to south on the southern-facing slope of the knoll, leaving the grapes in line with the prevailing breeze that cools off the vineyard each summer night.
The yield per acre is low and the quality is high, resulting in the grapes produced, known by local vineyard managers, as some of the best grapes in the valley.
The vines produce less than 2-3 tons per acre per year, making Matin Du Bois wines relatively rare.