In 1968, local winemaking legend Philo Biane planted the first of his 400 acres in Temecula. Because Biane lived next door to Lorenzi’s uncle, Don built a relationship with him over the years. It is no small irony that decades later, Lorenzi Estate Vineyards would be part of the original site Biane planted in the 60s. Biane knew that the vineyards are located 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean and are 1,500 feet abovesea level. Cool, foggy mornings give way to nurturing sunshine that ripen grapes perfectly. Cool breezes from the “Rainbow Gap” bring temperatures back down in the evening. All of the vineyard blocks are farmed with minimum crop loads which guarantee a higher quality grape. The soils are decomposed granite, rich in phosphorus, which drain naturally and provide the vine an optimum terroir. The water management practices incorporate drip irrigation which allows it to deliver the specific amount of water each vine needs. Vines are hand pruned and thinned two to three times per year to assure even ripening and prevent vegetal off flavors. By only harvesting at night at the peak of ripeness, it assures grapes are both rich and concentrated. The addition of hand sorting at harvest heightens the quality experience. Lorenzi grows 10 varietals on the estate including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Each step gives way to an ultra premium wine experience.