Our sunny little hillside is located on the east side of the town of Sonoma. It’s just up the street from the organic vegetable patch and down the hill from a spectacular hiking trail where mountain lions are occasionally spotted – luckily not by Ali on early morning runs. The vines are nestled into the hillside which protects them from damaging frosts during growing seasons. The soil is very rocky and drains well which of course the vines love, even if it made clearing and planting a challenge.
Keeping it Clean and Green
Our vineyard is not just where we grow grapes. It is also where we live a good part of the time with our girls and our dog, Mog, so we have a lot of motivation to be as green as possible. The grapes are farmed organically with no pesticides or chemicals. This means a lot of work done by hand. It also means sacrificing some of our grapes every summer to the birds who in turn keep the insects in check. We rely on owls to get the gophers and, in fact, have built a spiffy owl box to attract a live gopher-getter. None of this is easy or inexpensive but it just seems like the right thing to do for our family, our neighbors, our wine and the planet.