chuy vineyard

sonoma valley

Dry-farmed, head-trained site tended by Chuy Ordaz since he planted the vineyard in 1964. Very tiny yields from Wente clone planting.
— Pinot File, February 2014

Old Roots

To say the story of Jesus "Chuy" Ordaz  is a charming tale hardly seems to do it justice.

The son of a farmer and one of 11 children, Chuy grew up in Michoacan, Mexico, selling grapes through his teenage years.

33rd time lucky

Having made 32 unsuccessful attempts to enter into the US by the time he was 20 years old, Chuy embodies the unrelenting spirit and pioneer attitude of a true visionary.  

He quickly made a name for himself as a vineyard manager and leader of men, and currently owns Palo Alto Vineyard Management and Ordaz Family Wines.

The Man himself

He has an innate, vast knowledge of how things grow, particularly in vineyards. He just gets it.
— Montecito Vineyards


Sitting at 1000 feet elevation and overlooking the Sonoma Valley-which Chuy has called home for nearly 40 years--the Chuy Vineyard produces some of the most complex, layered Chardonnay in the lineup.

Infinitesimal yields from this site feature tiny berries mixed in with large ones (known affectionately as "hens & chicks"), courtesy of the Shot-Wente clone of Chardonnay.

This is a hugely intriguing Chardonnay from Failla and Ehren Jordan.
— Wine Advocate, 2014

50 Year-Old Vines

Bowling pins

Hens & Chicks

unity through vision

Ehren has worked with Chuy since his early days at Turley.  When the opportunity arose for Failla to produce wine from this incredible hillside Chardonnay vineyard, Ehren leapt at the chance.  A good thing it was; currently this is one of Failla's most highly sought-after Chardonnays.

Failla is proud to have a relationship with such a venerable vineyard, where history and family find harmony through viticulture.