Jason Howell Davis
Nelson Howell Davis, Brant's grandfather, purchased the ranch in the 1920's. In the beginning it was planted in peaches. Brant's great-grandfather, Jason Howell Davis, and grandfather, Nelson Howell Davis, helped plant Flamed Tokay Grapes on the ranch.

Grandfather, Nelson Howell Davis, was a farmer and horse trainer. He trained horses and mules to work in the fields and pull the buck boards loaded with the lug boxes of grapes to the local wineries. There were eighty horses and mules on the ranch all year, in training for local farms and business men in the area. He built the family home in the 1930's and raised his family. In the late fifties he took a desk job as the bank manager for the Federal Land Bank in Lodi.

Brant's father, Hugh Stewart Davis, raised horses and farmed the family ranch. He removed fifteen acres of Tokays and planted Zinfandels in the 1960's. In addition to farming, he also had a courier as a real estate broker.

Nelson Howell Davis
Taking load of grapes to winery
Brant Stewart Davis 1975
Brant Stewart Davis 1976
Brant Stewart Davis 1980
Nelson Howell Davis
with Hugh Stewart Davis (on white mare)
1939

Third generation Brant Stewart Davis grew up on the ranch farming grapes and training horses. In the mid-eighties, while Brant was on a college get away with friends he found himself trying a 1976 Carbon at the Inglenook Winery. At that point it was a very nice library wine, nine years old in the bottle. It was that first taste that became the inspiration for his passion of a Rhone Wine and his wine making began.

In 1985, Brant started making wine at home. The family smiled and politely said it was "ok." It took years of trial and error with Zinfandel before the wine started to get better. In 1992, Brant started working the ranch and was focused on bringing something new to the region. His passion for the Rhone Varitials and researching what might grow well and the choice was obvious, the great Rhone Varitals.

In 1992, Brant planted Petite Sirah, Mourvedre and Charbono. At the same time very small lots of Petite Verdot, Grenache, Carignane, Alacante, Cinsalt, and Sirah. All the varieties that excel in the hot Mediterranean summer heat, which is a very similiar heat of the Rhone Valley of France. Brant continues to farm 'old school' as his father and grandfather. Head trained vines which are furrow irrigated and hand picked. These vines are designed to grow with deep root structure. Forty to fifty foot in depth enhances all the fine soil nutrient composites that the Acampo Ranch has to offer.

 

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