A Life’s Work in the Russian River Valley
For a Benovian, labor is life, and life is fulfilling. Winemaker and co-owner Mike Sullivan grew up tending his family’s vines on Sonoma Mountain. Proprietors Mary Dewane and Joe Anderson were both raised on hard work by their fathers, Ben Dewane and Novian Anderson. Hard work brings its own rewards, they would say. Be the best at what you do. Surround yourself with good people, and let them get to work. And never, ever produce anything that wouldn’t make you proud.
Here in the Russian River Valley, we are all part of a close-knit community that finds joy in purpose. We’re at our happiest during harvest, when friends join us on the sorting line and the winery and vineyards are buzzing with activity and camaraderie.
After years of humble, hard work, we believe that we are creating something truly beautiful that draws people together.
Prior to founding Benovia, Joe and Mary devoted their careers in healthcare to serving the underserved. Now in their second careers as vintners, they find that Mother Nature is the common thread in both industries, and serving the underserved remains a priority through their community work.
As the 2015 co-chairs of the Sonoma County Wine Auction they helped raise a record-breaking $4.5 million for literacy programs in Sonoma County. Joe and Mary have been proud to partner with fellow vintners and continue to raise millions of dollars to support various programs across Sonoma County, in addition to their philanthropic work in other parts of the country.
This year Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties were devastated by wildfires and fortunately Benovia Winery and its vineyards are safe and undamaged. The winery also had already harvested the last of our 2017 vintage before the fires began. The fires remind us of what is important, and we are blessed that the Benovia team and their families are safe. At the same time, we’re heartbroken that our community has suffered. For more information on fire relief funds we are supporting and how you can further support the communities in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, click here.