After studying under the famed U.C. Davis viticulture professor, Dr. A.J. Winkler, Jerry began studying the climatic conditions of the Salinas Valley in 1959. Jerry set thermographs throughout the Monterey region, and he discovered that the further you got away from the Pacific Ocean in Monterey, the warmer it got. The Gonzales area had and still has a climate that is the most Burgundian in California. Because of the cold region 1 climate of the Gonzales portion of the Santa Lucia Highlands, wines produced from the River Road Vineyard are some of the most Burgundian-like in all of California.