The guys behind Shippey Vineyards are four wine industry veterans. Matt Shippey has farmed his vineyard on the slopes of Bradford Mountain since 1983.

Matt's cousin, Tim Shippey, has been in the business for decades, marketing wine for wineries as large as Clos du Bois (where he was Brand Manager).

Vineyard Manager John Clendenen is a respected name in the industry, and exemplifies the Shippey Vineyards philosophy of minimal intrusion into the growing process.

Winemaker Mike Duffy is the award-winning owner of Optima Wine Cellars, and is a longtime family friend. Mike makes our wine in his small facility in downtown Healdsburg.
Shippey Vineyards Team - John Clendenen, Tim Shippey, Matt Shippey, Mike Duffy
from left: John Clendenen, Tim Shippey, Matt Shippey, Mike Duffy
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The 2005 Rocking Z Vineyard Zinfandel was our first release and it, and the subsequent vintages of our Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, are testaments to the ideal location and conditions for vines grown in the well drained gravelly loam soil of our hillside vineyards.

Displaying deep rich color and forward aromas and flavors or berries and spice, the wines have that magical quality of being immediately drinkable, while possessing the structure to age well.

Fun, accessible, a little forward, and an ability to age well. Are we bragging about ourselves or our wines? The answer is: both.

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