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About Historic Vineyard Society


HVS (Historic Vineyard Society) is a non-profit, 501 C-3 organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s historic vineyards. HVS’s Mission is accomplished through educating the wine-drinking public on the very special nature of this precious and depleting state, national and global resource.

We operate with no salaried staff and virtually no overhead. Your tax-deductible donation to the Historic Vineyard Society supports historic vineyards through education, research and vineyard-related events.  Help keep these precious vines in the ground!

Project Team

Registry of Heritage Vineyards

Objective: Compile a comprehensive, fact-based and consistent directory of California’s Heritage Vineyards.

Vineyard criteria:

  • A currently producing California wine vineyard
  • Original planting date no later than 1960
  • At least 1/3 of existing producing vines can be traced back to original planting date

Vineyard dating validation process Certified

To ensure consistency, the vineyards nominated for the Registry will undergo a review process.

  • Reviewers will include the Project Team, supplemented, if necessary, by other industry professionals
  • In the event of factual dispute, the Project Team may request documentation
  • If a factual dispute cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the Project Team or the winery/vineyard owner, the vineyard date will be listed as “under review”
  • The Project Team will honor any requests to remove vineyards from the registry

How to nominate a new vineyard for the Registry or challenge existing vineyard information:
Please forward all comments and inquiries to Mike Dildine, or a member of the Advisory Council.



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Appellation (AVA's)

Central Coast
Clements Hills
Contra Costa
Dry Creek Valley
El Dorado
Napa Valley
Paso Robles
Russian River Valley
San Diego
San Luis Obispo
Santa Clara Valley
Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Rita Hills
Shenandoah Valley
Sonoma County
Sonoma Valley
St. Helena
Temecula Valley



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