Sustainable and Organic Winegrowing
Place and Purpose
Morning fog from the chilly Pacific Ocean encases our vineyards, injecting our grapes in the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast with vibrant acidity. By sunset, we’re bathed in a warm golden glow that slowly ripens fragrant, flavorful fruit.
Each of our wines is an expression of a place that is deeply meaningful to us. Every year, each of our three estate vineyards follows its own seasonal rhythms, resulting in a remarkably unique flavor profile. Our three grower partner sites are farmed by family and friends who share our belief that viticulture should be practiced with reverence and integrity. Taste the expression in each wine we make.
Doing the Right Thing
There are big, splashy ways to run an ecologically friendly business, and there are subtler acts of conscientiousness that just feel like the decent thing to do. Visitors to Benovia’s Martaella Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley can’t miss the 171 solar panels on our Chardonnay winery roof. They produce some 60,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, reducing our CO2 emissions by 1,180 tons over 25 years. That’s the environmental equivalent of saving more than 20 acres of planted trees.
We also work sustainably in less visible ways. We manage our vineyards by utilizing time-honored practices to harness the power of nature. We build our own organic composts and fix nutrition in the soil by planting cover crops. We provide habitats for creatures large and small—from beneficial insects to owls and raptors—which in turn protect our vines more effectively than any chemical can. We use wind machines to protect the grapes from frost instead of using water. At every stage of the process, we abate our use of limited natural resources like water, or, alternately, gasoline. While we embrace the concept of sustainable farming at all our vineyards, we take it a step further at the historic Cohn Estate Vineyard. First planted in 1970, this vineyard is farmed organically, without the use of any herbicides or pesticides, and is certified by the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).
Our Estate vineyards and grower partners represent the diversity of the terroirs to be found in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma County. Every year is a process of discovery for us as we explore the ways in which soil, microclimate, and location can imprint the aromatic and flavor profile of a unique finished wine.