In 2010 I was living in France and working at small vineyards & creameries when I first stumbled upon Paris' vineyard, Clos Montmartre. I was so taken by the concept that when I found myself back in California I began plotting a similar project for San Francisco, researching the city's long forgotten original plantings, before working with a community farm to plant America's first urban vineyard in 2013 -- a 1/2 acre plot of Pinot Noir. Although the vines are young, I've been working with a team of viticulturists, winemakers, and friends to put together small-lot wines to get the project in people's minds, hands and glasses. My hope is that this simple project will blossom to one of large scope - encompassing farming, community building, cultural identity, progressive urban usage, and yes, wine.
- Elly Hartshorn
founder & farmhand, Neighborhood Vineyards
In the late 1800's the denizens of San Francisco embarked on a bold experiment to identify grape varieties suited to thrive in the city's many microclimates. With this knowledge they planted large swaths of vines around the city, kept careful and loving records of their yields and began a successful journey in wine-making that was cut short by the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fires. We have humbly taken it upon ourselves to continue this voyage by creating a patchwork of vineyards in small spaces around the city.
We currently have a vineyard at Alemany Farms in Bernal Heights with 349 pinot noir vines. The first wine grapes will be ready for harvest in 2016.