Our passion is to grow the highest quality grapes and make superb wines. We made our home in a beautiful setting on the northern edge of Davis, with a homestead, barn and gardens that date back to 1860.
The site was chosen for its perfect terroir, with soils similar to those of the valley floor in Napa and with hot days and cool nights. We are able to produce grapes with intense flavor and wines of distinction.
We are keen naturalists, and have strong a desire to improve the environment. We encourage owls and other birds of prey to nest in the barns, water towers and trees. We take joy in the wildflowers that grow throughout the farm and vineyard. We love to watch the jack rabbits, squirrels and gofers that make their home with us, and enjoy the regular nighttime visits from coyotes. We practice no-till in the vineyard to help develop a better microbiome with beneficial microbes that contribute to the health of our vines. We grow a cover crop in the vine rows to draw water away from vines to reduce vigor and create a habitat for wildlife.
Terroir is the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced. The terroir includes the soil, topography and climate, but also the people. Great Bear vineyard is located on the northern edge of the university town of Davis, the globally recognized center of expertise for viticulture and winemaking. Many of the local experts from University of California, Davis and the surrounding wineries of Napa, Sonoma and Winters have helped Jenny and Marcus Meadows-Smith with advice and support to establish their vineyard, grow excellent grapes and make fine wines at Great Bear.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Great Bear Vineyards 24800 County Rd 101A Davis, CA 95616