[Photo Credit: Lori Knapp, The Rubin Family of Wines]

I just recommended Vineyard Soil Technologies in my story entitled, “Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner...”

The Rubin Family of Wines has taken advantage of their soil preserved in a Monolith, in order to educate others who visit the winery, who would never be able to see the depths of the soil in the Rubin’s family vineyard. Owner Paul Anamosa of Vineyard Soil Technologies had explained to me that it’s a huge process, and the images below will show exactly how this enormous process occurs.

I asked Lori Knapp, the operations manager of The Rubin Family of wines, to share her thoughts with me. She not only organized it happening at the winery, but she also was there to document it pictorially. This is what Lori had this to say of the process, “The concept of a soils monolith is fabulous, because it embodies art, nature, and science all in one… as does the process of making wine.  Now we can use our soils monolith to show the unique character of Goldridge soil, which is found in the Green Valley, while we share the distinctive flavors and terroir of our Green Valley wines with others.”

From Paul Anamosa on how this is accomplished

We visit the winery property, and dig a hole 6 feet deep, by 3 feet wide, and about 8 feet long (a typical evaluation pit). We then smooth one side of the pit and press a frame into the side. We then dig out the soil on the other side of the frame while wrapping the frame and soil in shrink-wrap. We finally get all 5 feet of frame and soil isolated, and then bundle it, and truck it out. It goes back to our work shop where it is hardened with a non-toxic glue and then glued onto a piece of plexiglass. We have used tempered glass on the first few, but feel that with the ever present threat of earthquakes, we did not want to have glass shards flying though tasting rooms if they shattered.

I watched the process, when the second (below) monolith was sliced from the earth. The most amazing thing for me was to see how hard the soil was, once the crew dug down as deeply as six to seven feet. The earth in that location has a firm crust formation. It’s hard for me to image roots going any deeper.