Some 16-year-olds would react negatively to being uprooted from their school, their friends, and the city they grew up in. Kirk Grace embraced the move from his upscale suburban neighborhood to a place that was, in 1976, a thoroughly agricultural community. In fact, he set his roots deep in the Napa Valley dirt, and he has thrived like the grapevines he helped plant on his family’s land.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in crop science from Cal Poly, Kirk returned to Napa to work at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery. He later helped Robert Sinskey Vineyards transition to organic and biodynamic farming. Since 2006, he has been vineyard manager at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and is currently Director of California Vineyard Operations. In addition to farming Grace Family Vineyards, Kirk and his wife, Lynn the vines on their own property, Wise Acre Vineyard, all planted to the same Bosché clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that thrives at Grace Family Vineyards. Kirk’s diverse home farming also includes hopps, bee’s, chickens and sheep.
Kirk’s farming philosophy has developed over the course of his more than 30 years in viticulture. He has combined the best of organic, biodynamic and sustainable agricultural practices into what he calls “Bio-Correct Farming.” The goal is to mimic the natural processes of a stable environment, which requires constant attention.