These vines cover gentle slopes in Saratoga, California on the inland side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 1973 eight acres of vines were planted on their own roots by Kathryn and her extended family. Excellent soil, a climate possessing just the right amount of marine influence, and intense personal attention combine to yield superb quality grapes. Each vintage is grown by hand and vinified in small lots followed by gentle barrel aging with 90% French oak. The result is complex and richly textured wine with deep color and a decade or more of aging potential.
“We are proud of the agricultural heritage of this land that had been preserved by the personal efforts of Kathryn Kennedy. We consider our winery to be part of the local community.”
Named winemaker at the age of 22 and then named President in 1988. Creator of LATERAL brand. Considered one of the top winemakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains region. Best known for Cabernet Sauvignon wines capable of achieving world class quality with age. Transformed the Estate Vineyard to Certified Organic Status by CCOF in 2007. We are very proud of the fact that in 2007 our Estate Vineyard was certified Organic by the CCOF. . A partial list of the good stewardship practices includes, onsite composting, no weed killer chemicals, use of recycled package materials, cover crops and biodiversity plantings, bird boxes and biodiesel tractors.
“Having been born here and having farmed the same ground for over 40 years, I developed a deep love of this small piece of land. I recognize the visual beauty and especially the rare wine that was historically produced from this estate”.
While the acreage at our Estate vineyard has been reduced by residential development to less than one acre, those original Cabernet Sauvignon vines that do continue to grow near Pierce Road will be made and bottled under Kathryn’s iconic silver and black signature label.