The rich river soils of the site were previously planted with hops, pears, and alfalfa. In 1989, 120 acres of Chardonnay grapes were planted. Subsequent plantings increased the planted acreage to 165 acres which also includes Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.

In 2005, the vineyard was certified by the Fish Friendly Farming Certification Program, and has since been recognized by several environmental groups and governmental bodies for successful restoration of wild salmon and steelhead trout habitat.

The vineyard is named “Haiku” after the lyric, and often transcendent, 17-syllable poem that reflects some aspect of nature. Additionally, “Haiku” spelled backwards is “Ukiah,” the town nearest to the vineyard.

Today, the family farming company is managed by the third generation of grape farmers.