Winemakers David Bridgeman and Jason Wimp have turned their passion for snow skiing into an artisan winery in San Diego, CA aptly named 2Plank Vineyards.
Our Red Mountain vineyard, located in Fallbrook, is one of the most unique growing regions of San Diego. Planted at an average elevation of 1100 feet, the vineyard is situated near the Santa Margarita River gap, which provides the daily maritime breezes necessary for slow fruit maturation. This allows the grapes to develop the optimum fruit, acid, and tannin structure necessary to make the highest quality wines. We feel that you can taste the terroir of our Red Mountain vineyard in every bottle.
The Red Mountain can definitely be defined as extreme farming. Our dark, red volcanic soils are similar to the famous terra rossa of the Coonawarra region in Australia. The topography includes a 15-20% grade and large quantities of volcanic rock, make it impossible to farm with machines, so every square foot of our vineyard is hand-farmed. This harsh topography also tames the vines , stressing them, pressuring them to send down roots deep into the rocky, fractured substrata. The end result is lower yields of fruit per acre, but the grapes that are harvested are concentrated with flavor. We also favor sustainable farming practices such as hand cultivating and avoiding use of pesticides.
Our Urban tasting room and winery is situated in an industrial park in the heart of Sorrento Valley. At this location, we specialize in producing Rhone Varietals, but have also made a few delicious Zinfandels, Chardonnays and Cab Francs as well. In addition to our Red Mountain estate vineyard, we also source fruit from top quality growing regions such as Napa, Sonoma and the Santa Ynez Valley. Our wines are all highly regarded and our 2010 Zinfandel took the Gold Medal at the 2013 Winemaker Challenge in San Diego.
We ferment in small lots to extract optimum flavor and color, then age in oak from 12-18 months. We try to intervene as little as possible in the wine aging process, and rather let the quality fruit shine through. This old-world approach coupled with our new world fruit, produces wines that are ready to drink right out of the gate, but can easily be laid down for years, to enjoy later on. Our wines are both food friendly and great for sipping.
Thurs. – Sun: 2 – 6pm
Tastings available by appointment only at our San Diego location – 6242 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121