Growing grapes for Williams Selyem since 1980, Rochioli grapes are an integral part of the winery’s history. Williams Selyem purchased grapes from two areas of the Rochioli vineyards: New Riverblock and the celebrated Riverblock. Joe Rochioli is a grape grower by profession and comes from a farming family. His dad was an Italian immigrant, and his mother was born just down the road at Wohler Ranch. The family was growing grapes before Joe was born, along with hops, string beans and prunes. Joe has been working in the vineyard since he was in grammar school, and grapes are his favorite crop to grow.
In 1938, Joe Sr. began buying the 162 acres of land he had farmed and nourished for many years. He had an intimate bond with the land and understood that the soil of the Russian River Valley was special. His son Joe Jr. shared this connection and intuitively set his sights on clones of grapes that would thrive in this unique spot.
Joe Jr.’s goal was to take advantage of the soil’s diversity, as well as the vineyard’s proximity to the ocean and the contours of the valley, which allowed for morning fog and cool evening breezes, both key factors in growing stunning grapes. For over 50 years, he has been doing exactly this and today Rochioli is renowned for the quality of its vineyards, fruit and, of course, the wine.
|Clones:||New Riverblock: 777, 115, Pommard; Riverblock: Pommard Clone, Wente Selection|
|Rootstocks:||New Riverblock: 3309 & 15; Riverblock: AxR 1 arch grafted to 3309|
|Number of acres:||New Riverblock: 13; Riverblock: 12|
|Positioning:||New Riverblock & Riverblock: North to South|
|Topography:||New Riverblock: 2% slope; Riverblock: fairly flat|
|Soil type :||Yolo sandy loam – overflow|
|Trellising:||Bilateral cordon and vertical bilateral cordon|
|Cover crop :||New Riverblock: cultivated; Riverblock: clover, annual rye|