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