Gravel Pit – Matchbook Wines


The Gravel Pit vineyard is named for the high percentage of gravel found on this ranch. These gravelly soils are important for the production of red varieties because of their low water holding capacity, allowing for vine stress to control bunch and berry size. The Corning series soils at Gravel Pit are well drained due to sloping terrain and to the gravel content often associated with this soil type. Well-drained soils are important for vine health, allowing for good nutrient uptake and aeration. Like the Pheasant Farm vineyard, Gravel Pit was planted with new clones of Cabernet Sauvignon to improve diversity of grape sourcing for the Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet. The Heritage Clones (29 – Inglenook; 30 – Silverado) represent 23 acres for the Estate Cabernet. The clones are reported as producing some of the best Cabernets from the Napa Valley region. Also of note at Gravel Pit, Petit Verdot (clone 400) produces inky black wines that are intensity bold with good tannin and fruit character. As with Pheasant Farm, the hanging curtain trellising system was employed to minimize the bunch and berry size resulting is higher levels of extraction.


43 Acres

Date Planted:



Cabernet Sauvignon (23.28 acres), Petit Verdot (8.44 acres), Petite Sirah (10.88 acres)


Cabernet Sauvignon (29, 30 and 35) Petit Verdot (400) Petite Sirah (03)

Soil Type:

Corning Gravelly Loam 90%, Sehorn-Balcom Complex 10%. The Corning Gravelly Loam soils are loam soils with varying percentages of gravel depending on the site. They are typically well drained soils that have a sub-soil of clay.


Gravel Pit is dissected by gullies created by erosion over long periods of time. This erosion created slopes that are the most severe of any of the ranches owned or farmed by JK Vineyards for Matchbook. Due to the steep slopes, more gravel has been exposed.