Fort Ross-Seaview AVA | Estate Wineries with Organic Vines

Fort Ross-Seaview AVA | Organic Overview

AVA Essentials

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AVA Essentials

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• The Fort Ross-Seaview AVA is near but not on the coast, with vineyards above the fogline


• It is a remote region and there are only two wineries on vineyards; many of the wines are made further inland


• The region was the first to break off from the large Sonoma Coast appellation; another new region, West Sonoma County AVA, representing another aspect of the Sonoma Coast, including cooler sites below the fogline, is expected to be approved in 2019


• Estate wineries with organic vines: 1

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CAZADERO | ABOVE FORT ROSS

By appt.

• Wild Hog Vineyard (directions provided after making a confirmed appointment)


AVA EVENTS

• Fort Ross-Seaview 



Organic Vines: Acres

Organic Vines: Varieties

Tasting Rooms & Events

• Wild Hog Vineyard: 6

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

• Pinot Noir

• Syrah

• Zinfandel

Organic Vines: Cases

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

• Wild Hog Vineyard: 1,200 (out of 2,000)

Wild Hog Vineyard | Fort Ross-Seaview AVA | Cazadero

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes from its six acre organic estate in Sonoma's far northwestern coastal reaches; it also buys grapes from Lake County growers 


• The vineyard is located at 1,400 feet of elevation, above the fog line


• The winery, vineyards and farm are high in the hills above Fort Ross in a remote, rural location


Best known for


• A tiny, boutique producer in the wild, rural Fort Ross-Seaview area, a region now renowned for Pinot Noir


• Makes 3 wines from its certified organic estate vines  ($25-30)


• Founders Daniel and Marion Schoenfeld were among the first to grow wine grapes and make wine in this rugged and remote region


• The winery is named after Wild Hog Canyon, the area in which they live; while wild hogs once roamed in the region, the return of native mountain lions now keeps the (non-native) wild hog population under control


• According to California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), Wild Hog was the first vineyard in Sonoma County and the second in the state to be certified organic; it has been continuously certified since 1983


• Daniel Schoenfeld began as a home winemaker in Marin County before planting a small hobby vineyard on the property in 1983; in 1990, he built a winery and started selling his wines


• Marion is the family gardener, growing produce that feeds the family and community


• The farm also has three acres of apple trees


• Together with their neighbors, the Schoenfelds worked for a decade to bring AVA recognition to the unique, coastal winegrowing region here, culminating in approval of the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA in 2011


• The subappellation, part of the larger Sonoma Coast AVA, is distinct for its mountainous terrain and varied microclimates


• Since the Schoenfelds live off the grid, power for the winery comes solely from nature; they generate hydropower from their property in the winter and from solar panels year round


• Their wines are sold as far away as the UK


Organic vineyard case production


1,200 (out of 2,000 total)


Certified


Vineyard, organic, 1983, CCOF

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Pinot Noir

• Syrah

• Zinfandel

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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Free

Owner tour and tasting (by appt.)


The exact location and driving directions will be provided after an appointment time has been confirmed.


Travel Advisory: The winery is located in a remote area. Aside from the rugged drive on curving, paved roads, there is a 3.5 mile drive down a dirt road to reach the farm and vineyard.


Seasonal Advisory: Visiting during the rainy season may be difficult [or impossible] as the roads are quite rugged. 


Wild Hog Vineyard 

(Mailing Address)

30904 Bohan Dillon Rd. 

Cazadero, CA 95421


707.847.3687


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