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Our Vineyards

The Morgan label offers a wide range of wines that draw upon fruit from its own Double L estate and well-known growers throughout Monterey County. Morgan has developed long-term partnerships with these vineyards, guaranteeing top-quality grapes vintage-to-vintage.

Double L Vineyard
Organic & Sustainable Winegrowing
Partner Vineyards

Double L Vineyard

Crown Jewel of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation . . .

In 1996, Dan and Donna Lee invested in their vision, purchasing and planting a 65 acre property in the northern end of the newly named, still not well known Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Of all of the places they could have selected to establish a new “Premier Cru” estate, this site was to prove most perfect.

Named the Double L (Double Luck, in honor of twin daughters), today this vineyard is one of the most famed winegrowing properties in California. A living laboratory, the organically certified Double L Vineyard boasts 20 different clones on 8 different rootstocks.

It is the source of Morgan’s two most highly awarded flagship releases; the Double L Pinot Noir and Double L Chardonnay. The first plantings were in 1997. At present, the vineyard consists of 48 planted acres: 28 acres planted to Pinot Noir, 18 acres of Chardonnay, 1 acre of Syrah and 1 acre of Riesling. The first crop was harvested from Double L in 1999.

The close proximity of Monterey Bay’s cold, deep waters influences everything we do. Ocean fog provides a nighttime blanket for the vineyards. In the afternoons, rising hot air in the warmer, southern end of the valley draws in cool breezes off the Bay. The strong winds keep temperatures down and thicken grape skins, fostering intense flavor with balancing acidity. Slow, gentle ripening lasts four to five weeks longer than most regions in California; lack of damaging harvest rains extends the crush safely into the fall. The result is fully developed varietal character in every grape. The Double L Vineyard slopes from 150 to 550 feet in elevation. Average summertime temperatures are in the mid-70’s, with lows in the mid-50’s.

Organic and Sustainable Winegrowing

When Dan and Donna purchased the Double L Property, the soil was weak; it lacked nutrients and organic matter. Dan wanted to set himself apart from other winegrowers, so he chose to build-up the future vineyard soil organically. In 2001, Double L became the first and only Certified Organic property in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Monterey County Certified Organic, accredited by the USDA, certifies the Double L Vineyard as an organically farmed property.

The Santa Lucia Highlands is an ideal location for organic winegrowing. The strong winds and temperate climate are natural deterrents to many vineyard pests. The most prevalent threat is mildew, and there are a number of organic options which keep it in check.

Effective organic options are used to keep the vineyard soil alive and healthy. Four times each year, compost tea is applied through the drip lines in the vineyard which provide micronutrients and microbes for the soil. Each fall, after harvest, a cover crop is planted. The mix of vetch, barley and peas works all winter adding nutrients, such as nitrogen, to the soil while protecting against run-off and maximizing water saturation. In the spring the cover crop is incorporated into the soil, adding essential organic material.

The Double L is also sustainably farmed. Sustainability is a big-picture philosophy and practice, taking into account every aspect of a vineyard’s operations: social responsibility, clean water, energy conservation, and maintenance of existing habitats are just a few of its components.

Partner Vineyards

The Morgan label offers a wide range of wines that draw upon fruit from our own Double L estate, as well as the best growers throughout Monterey County. We’ve developed long-term partnerships with these growers, guaranteeing top-quality grapes from vintage to vintage. For our limited, single vineyard releases in addition to Double L, we look to these vineyards: Garys’, Rosella’s, Tondre, Boekenoogen, and McIntyre.

Garys’ Vineyard

Planted: 1997
Acreage: 50 Acres
Growers: Gary Franscioni & Gary Pisoni

Garys’ Vineyard is named for grape-growing partners Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, both of whom come from multi-generational farming families in the Salinas Valley. The Garys, like their parents before them, grew up together. Located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands on sandy loam soil, the esteemed fifty-acre vineyard is planted mostly to Pinot Noir, with a small allotment of Syrah. Morgan Winery began purchasing fruit from this unique vineyard in 1999 and the partnership has remained strong since.

Rosella’s Vineyard

Planted: 1996
Acreage: 50 Acres
Grower: Gary & Rosella Franscioni

Planted in the bench lands of the Santa Lucia Highlands, Rosella’s Vineyard is one of the most renowned estates in the appellation. Owners Gary and Rosella Franscioni planted the vineyard in 1996 with forty acres of “Pisoni” clone Pinot Noir and ten acres of Dijon clone Chardonnay. Morgan began purchasing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Rosella’s Vineyard in 1998.

Tondre Grapefield

Planted: 1997
Acreage: 103 Acres
Grower: Joe Alarid

Tondré Alarid and son Joe Alarid, both steeped in California’s agricultural history, planted Tondré Grapefield with six and a half acres of Pinot Noir in 1997. Today, the grapefield has seven blocks for an accumulation of one hundred acres dedicated to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Tondré Grapfield is SIP Certified, underlining the Alarids’ commitment to sustainable farming in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Morgan has proudly purchased grapes from Tondré Grapefield since 2005.

Boekenoogen Vineyard

Planted: 1997
Acreage: 97 Acres
Grower: Garrett Boekenoogen

The Boekenoogens are one of Monterey County’s long-time cattle ranching families. In 1997, John Boekenoogen took part of the family ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands, and began planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today son Garrett Boekenoogen oversees the 97 acres of vineyards seated on the same land farmed by five generations of his family. Morgan’s partnership with Boekenoogen is not nearly as long – starting in 2015 – but is exceptional none-the-less.

McIntyre Vineyard

Planted: 1973
Acreage: 57 acres
Grower: Steve McIntyre

Originally planted in 1973, McIntyre Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Owner Steve McIntyre has three decades of experience winegrowing in the Santa Lucia Highlands and is one of the originators of the SIP (Sustainable in Practice) Certification Program. Beginning in 2006, Morgan has partnered with McIntyre Vineyards not only for the quality and complexity of their grapes, but also their commitment to ensuring the protection of natural and human resources.