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when I am working
in the fields,
I reach down
and get a handful
of good clean dirt.

It feels warm
in the palm of my hand.

I let it dribble
through my fingers
and I feel as if
I had just
shaken hands
with all my ancestors.

Azores Immigrant Song
Tony Jerome, C. 1900

The Dirt

The star of the show at Rodgers Vineyards is the dirt. Our highly varied soil compositions were shaped from intermingling materials resulting from a variety of influencing factors, such as gravel, sand and silt descended from the western Mayacamas; tectonic plate movement; volcanic activity; and the shifting Napa River. We celebrate our dirt and the superlative grapes it produces.