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Jake Naughton

Bichi sources some of its misión grapes from this nearby vineyard in Tecate, Mexico. The vines are thick and gnarly, between 80-100 years old. Unlike more traditional vineyards, these vines were planted in a slightly haphazard pattern, and have been allowed to grow in whatever shape the plant decides. They are dry farmed, meaning their only source of water is the region’s sporadic rainfall. But misión grapes are unusually well suited to this environment. Deep root systems means a much higher drought tolerance, and they also can take heat waves better than other grapes.


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