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Winegrowing Philosophy

Farming will always be the keystone for Delmas. We believe that world-class wine is derived from estate vineyards—meticulously cultivated and sustainably farmed. For us, this is a family journey. From the start we’ve focused on involvement within the larger wine community, upping our game with every growing season and celebrating the work of our peers.

Because everything starts in the vineyard, we do our best to bring the essence of the land straight to the bottle with as little interference as possible. We produce small lots of estate wines from single vineyards, showcasing distinctive qualities of that place and nowhere else.

We take full control of the entire process from growing the grapes to selling the wine. Yet, we take pleasure in knowing that there is always a random element; we never know precisely what Mother Nature may decide to express. This reality leads to vintage variation. We adapt to seasonal variation by focusing our efforts on the quality of the work necessary to achieve balance in the vineyard, and allowing the character of each vintage to stand tall.

We embrace the unique advantage of SJR's own-rooted vines, which are more sensitive/expressive of the terroir. Finally, we have employed a management strategy that, at its core, relies on feet-in-the-rows and viticultural practices that achieve a balanced and respectful expression of SJR Vineyard.

In response to potential extreme winter cold that can result in bud damage, and given our experience with burying canes post-harvest, we created/established a new training form (a mini-head trained system, or, MHT) for SJR; which protects buds while allowing for permanent spur positions.

What Winemakers Say

SJR Vineyard supplies fruit to Rasa Vineyards, Rotie Cellars and Force Majeure.

Todd Alexander at Force Majeure (

"I have been a firsthand witness to the care, attention and hard work that Steve, Brooke and Mary Robertson have put into SJR Vineyard and Delmas. SJR Vineyard is a beautiful site with so much potential that is only just beginning to be expressed. We are very excited to be part of what they’re doing, and to craft another unique expression from this special place that has so much to offer.”

Billo Naravane at Rasa Vineyards (

"SJR Vineyard produces Syrah with an amazing sense of terroir; there is a haunting earthiness and minerality that is present in all of the wines from this vineyard. The resulting wines have that rare combination of elegance, finesse, and power without heaviness. SJR Vineyard is a site that truly has something spectacular to say."