Papera Vineyard

Grape Stats



St. George

Vineyard Stats

Number of acres:

No specific row orientation. N/S and E/W


100 feet

Soil type:
Huichica Loam

Head trained


Cover crop:
Peas, bell beans, vetch, oats

Papera Vineyard is an old-vine Zinfandel vineyard, located on the eastern side of the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the Russian River AVA, Sonoma County, California. The vineyard is named for Charley Papera, who planted the vines in 1934, the year after the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, repealing Prohibition. Most of Charley’s original planting remains in place today.

The old vines are head trained and dry farmed to produce high quality harvests, resulting in intensely flavorful grapes.

In 2007 Stuart Coulson purchased the property known as the Papera Ranch and immediately started working to improve the property. His efforts included the replanting of vines that were too diseased to productively continue, as well as adding an additional irrigation line to take care of these new plants.

Stuart Coulson worked in the airline and travel reservations industry as a senior corporate executive for 25 years. A native of Ireland, Stuart has a BA (Mod.) in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, an MBA from the University of Geneva, and an Executive MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.

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