Matching vineyard to varietal in order to grow and produce world class wines is at the heart of our philosophy. Being appellation minded and seeking growing sites that fit our winemaking approach aligns with the future vision of our family winery.
Vineyard diversity forms the cornerstone of our winemaking philosophy. Sonoma County’s vast array of growing conditions allows us to satisfy our desire to define varietal type by discovering varietal-specific growing conditions. To ensure a measure of control in this regard, we farm multiple vineyards within ten separate estate-owned properties that total approximately 185 vine acres.
For example, the Dry Creek Valley is the keeper of our hearts for Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and, more recently, the Bordeaux varieties. Our passion for wine, though, often causes us to connect with the Russian River Valley for cool-loving grapes like Chardonnay. For our Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, in the Sacramento Delta, satisfies us with precisely balanced fruit. Our family-owned vineyards provide approximately 65% of the overall production at Dry Creek Vineyard. Additional fruit is sourced from vineyards managed by long-term contract growers.
In addition to vineyard diversity and the use of varied appellations to produce our wines, there is also the lesser-known, more complex, notion of terroir. Climate, soil and “that special something” all come together to form an ideal backdrop for grape growing. And it’s not just grapes that flourish in Sonoma County – plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables all enjoy the dramatic and varied topography of our region. From the incredible farmers’ markets to the use of fresh ingredients by our local restaurants, it’s no wonder why wine grapes enjoy such great success in Sonoma County and the Dry Creek Valley.