The Small Lots Program

Our truest expression of the vineyard

Each year we discover a few distinctive barrels that deserve extra special attention. The result is our ever-evolving Small Lots program. The grapes may be from small, specific blocks where promising varietals are being tested. Or there may be blocks that Sydney and the grape grower decide to use innovative vineyard techniques such as lowering yields, different canopy management or hand pruning. Or there may be small lots, even individual barrels, Sydney decides to treat differently. The program allows our winemaker to handcraft wines by design and groom them to perfection. To date, our Small Lots wines have included Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Viognier and some unique blends.

A few unique wines get elevated into the Harvest Series. These wines are the flagships of our winery and are made from ultra-premium grapes grown at the hottest vineyards sites. This series has been evolving over time and can change vintage to vintage. What started as an homage project to honour the master winemaker, and first winemaker for Sandhill, Howard Soon, titled the Howard Soon Series, transformed under the helm of winemaker Sandy Leier to the Harvest Series. This series honours not only the winemakers that came before Sydney, but the ties to the grape growers and farmers who have put in as much as the winemaking team. Each vintage is labelled with a rolling count of what harvest we are on, to remind us of where we have come from.