Grower Website Trig Point Region: california - sonoma

Triangulation is a mathematical process that makes accurate map making possible and a “trig” has been used for many years to establish boundary lines. Trigonometrical stations were set on the top of hills and used as surveying sites. Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt’s father was a land surveyor and used these trigs as a reference for all of his work and Nick often reaches for his “trig” when surveying vineyard sites.

Nick has spent the last few decades traveling the globe as a flying winemaker.  For many years, he was the head-winemaker for established wineries like Simi, Allied Domecq, and Beam Estates. In 1998, Nick and his wife Yolyn started their family wine company. The goal has always been to focus on site specific wine making from great vineyard sites around the world. Nick’s extensive travels to wine regions mean he knew exactly which vineyard sites he would choose to make his wines.

The Trig Point wines from Nick and Yolyn Goldschmidt are all single vineyard, handcrafted, small production, artisan wines.

Born in Auckland, Nick found his way to viticulture through a slightly tortuous route. After completing his Bachelor of Science at Canterbury, he ended up in a research position at Lincoln University in 1982. After a year of working in organics, plant breeding and working in the vineyards, Nick pursued a Diploma in Horticulture at Lincoln. From there he went to Charles Sturt University in Australia to study viticulture. Then, after three vintages back in New Zealand, he returned to South Australia to complete his post graduate degree in Winemaking at Roesworthy. His first vintage in California was in 1989 with Carneros Creek making Pinot and then in Chile as winemaker for Caliterra. In 1990 he became the VP/Winemaker for the Simi Winery in California. During his time there he also developed his own brands: Forefathers and Goldschmidt Vineyard. Simi Winery was owned by LVMH where he helped with Cloudy Bay NZ, Terrazas Arg and the Italian brand, Ruffino. Simi was eventually purchased by Constellation in 1999. In 2003 Nick became Senior VP/Winemaker for Allied-Domecq where he managed winemaking in California brands such as Clos du Bois, Atlas Peak, William Hill, Buena Vista and Gary Farrell to name a few. In 2006 Allied-Domecq was sold to Jim Beam and Nick continued on overseeing all California winemaking but also including Geyser Peak and Wild Horse. Starting in 2008 Nick went full time on his own, making single vineyard wines and continuing to consult for 16 wineries in 6 countries. He also continues his fascination with new technology and biodynamics.

Nick on creating complexity in single vineyard wines:


Country USA
Region Sonoma County
Appellation(s) Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast
Proprietors Nick & Yolyn Goldschmidt
Founded 1998
Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt
Annual Production 5,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Regenerative Farming

The Diamond Dust Vineyard, located just north of Healdsburg, produces rich and supple Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Its sedimentary soils are nutrient poor and unfertile. They receive abundant sun exposure and induce concentrated and very flavorful grapes. Alluvial and sandy soils drain well and lead to large root systems and healthy vines. The micro-climate in the Diamond Dust Vineyard is of critical importance. Summer mornings are usually foggy and very cool but warm sunshine follows and mid-90s temperatures are common in the afternoons. Most evenings the fog rolls in again and the vineyards cool down to the mid-40s. This daily temperature cycle continues well into September and ripens fruit evenly and slowly. These are prime conditions for Zinfandel and the red Bordeaux varietals.


Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area
Total = 100 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Dust Vineyard, Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  Planted 1985 Alluvial, deep gravely loam  50 acres
Merlot, Diamond Dust Vineyard, Alexander Valley Merlot Planted 1982 Alluvial, deep gravely loam  25 acres
Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Planted 1990 Deep fine sandy loam  25 acres
Zinfandel, The Railyard, Alexander Valley Zinfandel  17 acres