Old Vines

Vines at the Robert Mondavi Tokalon Vineyard

Vines at the Robert Mondavi Tokalon Vineyard

One of the more fascinating things that I learned while visiting the Robert Mondavi Tokalon Vineyard last week was that unlike many other wineries Mondavi retains its older vines as long as possible. Usually, older vines are discarded because they produce less fruit, but the catch is that they also produce far superior fruit to younger vines. Mondavi added new vines for bulk, but kept old ones for their unique quality, one that comes only with age. In our day and time where we are quick to discard wisdom and depth for newness, flash, and more production, there seems to be a lesson here. I'll leave it to you preacher/poet types to do what you'd like with this fun fact.