The Next Generation
It is the fondest dream of every family business owner to transition the business to the next generation of the family. Happily, that transition has taken place at Crane Family Vineyards. Peter’s son, Tom, has joined Crane Family Vineyards as general manager. After some 30 years as a business executive, Tom is eagerly looking forward to the challenge of farming and winemaking. As for Peter, while he will always be connected to Crane Family Vineyards, expect to find him in places like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Piedmont and Tuscany in the near future.
Malbec comes to Crane Family Vineyards
In 2010 we decided to replace the small Cabernet Franc block in our vineyard with Malbec, based on the great reputation that Malbec has been earning in the US. Malbec is one of the five classic red varieties of Bordeaux along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Malbec has flourishied in Latin America, becoming the principal variety of Argentina and is largely responsible for much of the great wine coming from that country. We discovered a clone being grown in Napa Valley by one of our respected grower-friends and decided to try it with our Cabernet and with Alison’s Cuvée. It was so delectable that we quickly obtained the vines and “budded over” to the trunks of our Cabernet Franc vines. In 2011, for the first time, we field blended Malbec with our Cabernet Sauvignon to add even more flavor and complexity to an already award-winning wine. You will be able to see what we mean when we release the wine in 2014.