The Vineyards: “Beckmen Vineyards consists of two separate vineyards with dramatically different soils and climates. On the western side of Ballard Canyon lies our acclaimed, 365 acre, certified Biodynamic Purisima Mountain Vineyard. Comprised mostly of clay and clay loam, with varying amounts of gravel, the most unique aspect of this site is the limestone subsoil. Found in great Rhône regions like Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf du Pape, the limestone soil limits vine vigor and produces smaller vines with lower yields and more intensely flavored fruit.” – The Winery
About the Family: This vineyard is owned by quite the family! Tom Beckmen grew up farming outside of Chicago and put himself through college with farm work. During the 60s he became involved in music out on the west coast and founded a company, Beckmen Musical Instruments(later named Boss). Along the way he joined with Roland, Japan, as the US subsidiary. Anyone who has ever lusted after a really good keyboard knows who these people are. In addition, Mr. Beckmen was responsible for some super guitar pedals and thus some super music! In 1993 he sold his part in this venture, selling his shares back to Roland, and set off in search of his wine-making dream. Beckmen Vineyards was established in 1994 and is run by Tom, his wife Judy and youngest son, Steve. They have not looked back!