The Jonata estate has 84 acres under vine. The majority is planted with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Sangiovese, Viognier, Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
All the vineyards are planted on Careaga sand. Despite the sand’s low water holding capacity, low nutrients and low compaction qualities – ideal for quality grape growing, it is not an easy terroir to get vines to establish in or manage. However, once established, the light sandy soils allows the vines to easily dig deep to find water. Matt Dees believes the sand has a unique effect on the tannin profile of the wines and, when carefully managed, produces grapes of exceptional quality and complexity.
Sustainable farming plays a central role at the estate. No fertilizers or pesticides are used and the property has incorporated a principled approach to farming – integrating and revolving livestock throughout the farm to naturally fertilize the soil. They also manage olive groves, fruit orchards and a communal garden.