"Tondre: A Highlands’ ‘Grand Cru’"

Tondre Vineyard

Tondre Grapefield is one of the most unique properties in the SLH. Grower Joe Alarid has a living laboratory of various Pinot clones. His passion for winegrowing has made Tondre one of the most desired SLH “vineyard designations” on a label.” – M.M.

Tondre Alarid began planting Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling more than twenty years ago on the family’s ranch in the heart of the Highlands. Today his son Joe Alarid is one of the SLH’s best known winegrowers, with over 100 acres on the lower part of the Bench, right above River Road. Joe lives on the estate and knows every block, every row. “Tondre Grapefield” shows up as the vineyard source on some of California’s most prestigious Pinot Noir labels. Michael is excited about Mooney’s first harvest from Tondre in 2014: “This is a special property, with many wineries vying for its fruit – we’re fortunate to get our share and can’t wait for our first Tondre release.”

First Mooney Family “Tondre” Vintage: 2014