Sky Vineyards – 1973 St. George Block

Mt. Veeder
Napa County
Current Owner
Lore Olds

Sky Vineyards


Intensely red fruited, firm mountain tannin, with a vein of sharp acidity that lends the wines to a long aging potential.


If it is accurate that vines often reflect the character of the farmer that tends them, the Sky Vineyards ’73 planting of Zinfandel on St. George rootstock is living proof. Head trained to a height that suits the 6’1″ frame of Lore Olds, who has continuously pruned this block since its inception. Having survived the dual calamities of AXR-induced phylloxera that saw much of the original plantings torn out in the late 1990s and the 2017 fires, both these vines and the Olds family continues to endure.

At 1/3 of an acre, the block is the second-oldest Zinfandel block on Mt. Veeder after Brandlin Ranch. Planted at 2200′ elevation in red, volcanic loam soil similar to what is found at nearby Monte Rosso Vineyard.

Submitted by
Chris Rush
A sunrise over Sky Vineyard