Location: Monterey County is known for its long growing season, a result of the
chilled marine air from the Monterey Bay that gets pulled down the Salinas Valley each day.
Due to this cooling effect, grapes ripen slowly and evenly, and can take up to four weeks
longer to reach physiological maturity than other quality-driven regions. This extra hangtime
leads to exceptional wines that exhibit intense fruit flavors, deep color extraction, and full
Communication: VitWatch® is a web based system created by Scheid Vineyards to provide
our clients with real-time web access to their contracted blocks. Throughout the growing season,
clients can use this password-protected website to monitor weather data (both real-time and
historical), irrigation profiles showing soil moisture levels and vine stress, GIS/GPS-based
vineyard block maps, and more. During harvest, grape maturity data (Brix, pH and T.A.)
is e-mailed to our clients on a daily basis.
Technology: Our wireless network spans over 70 miles, from our northernmost vineyard in
Soledad to our southernmost vineyard in Hames Valley. Using a combination of long-range microwave
links and strategically placed access points, our vineyard personnel have high speed wireless
access to the internet and our corporate wide-area network. This allows devices such as notebook
computers, weather stations, and full-motion video cameras to send data directly to our data center
Relationships: Contract grape growing is about listening to and understanding the needs of our
clients. Guided by our veteran vineyard team, we match the site and custom tailor the viticultural
plan to meet the specific objectives of each client. We work hard to forge enduring relationships,
deliver exceptional value and premium quality.
Scheid Family Wines has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County since 1972.
Our many diverse vineyard properties enable us to grow different varieties and clones
in a spectrum of styles. From cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling closer
to Monterey Bay. From Syrah, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc in central Monterey County,
to Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot in the warmer south, our vineyard
sites provide ideal conditions for these varieties and more.