Our Grapes


The first questions we hear when people learn about Cape Cod’s new winery, … “Where are your vineyards, and where do you grow grapes?”  There are many reasons why we do not grow our grapes on Cape Cod… land costs, an unpredictable climate, but primarily, Cape Cod is void of the mineral-rich volcanic soils needed to produce complex fine wines.  So, if you were a winemaker, and had a mission to produce wines that would rival the best of the best, what would you do?  As an example, a chef in a fine restaurant gathers ingredients for signature dishes from varied resources, far and wide.  The paradigm of First Crush Winery is no different.  It is structured around the procurement of high quality wine grapes, from one of the best wine growing regions in America.  Subsequently, and only four days from harvest, winemaker Dr. Frank spends the next year nurturing the end result handcrafting them into award winning wines!

First Crush Winery is fortunate to have a close relationship with a family of growers in northern California, located in the Suisun Valley AVA.  They are not simply a special resource, they are our friends.   Their vineyards border Napa Valley and benefit from a Mediterranean-like climate, fertile soils with volcanic minerals and significant marine air influences during the summer.  Our growers, the four-generation Lanza family, maintain 250 acres of pristine vineyards within walking distance to Napa Valley on the southeast, closest to the Stagg’s Leap District.  They can make available to us hillside and valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.