Sonoma Valley AVA | Organic Overview

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AVA Essentials

• Sonoma's first AVA was also the site of the first winery, Buena Vista, which opened in 1857


• The broad, flat valley is bounded by Sonoma Mountain to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east


• Today the area is one of the busiest wine regions with 100+ wineries, the highest of an region in the county


• The area is also known as the Valley of the Moon


• Estate wineries with organic vines: 6


• Organic vineyard acres: 176 (out of 5,565 in the AVA)


• Organic vineyard case production: 11,925 

Wineries

Tasting Rooms & Events

AVA Essentials

Tasting Rooms & Events

Tasting Rooms & Events

Tasting Rooms & Events

Organic Vines: Acres

Organic Vines: Varieties

Tasting Rooms & Events

WINERIES

• Hamel Family Wines: 45 (in this AVA)

• Lasseter Family Winery: 37

• Benziger Family Winery: 36

• Bartholomew Estate Winery: 22

• Westwood: 22

• Stone Edge Farm: 4  (in this AVA)


GROWERS

• Cassata Sonoma: 21

• Rose Ranch: 10

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

• Cabernet Franc

• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Grenache

• Malbec

• Merlot

• Petite Sirah

• Petit Verdot 

• Sauvignon Blanc 

• Semillon

• Syrah

• Zinfandel

Organic Vines: Cases

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

• Benziger Family Winery: 3,500

• Westwood: 3,000 

• Hamel Family Wines: 2,500 

• Bartholomew Estate Winery: 1,700 

• Lasseter Family Winery: 1,225

• Cassata | Sonoma: 1,000

Bartholemew Estate Winery | Sonoma Valley AVA | Sonoma

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes for its two estate wines from its 22 acre estate vineyard in Sonoma Valley; it also purchases grapes from local, non-organic growers


• The wines are made locally 


• The tasting room are on the historic Sonoma property at Bartholomew Park, a public park popular for picnicking and hiking


Best known for


• Sonoma Valley winery built on an historic site—vineyard land first planted by California wine pioneer Agoston Haraszthy in 1857


• Makes two wines from certified vines ($25-28)


• Agoston Haraszthy famously farmed the Sonoma Valley lands, giving birth to the northern California wine industry; his old winery—Buena Vista (now owned by the Boisset Collection)—is adjacent to Bartholomew Park


• In 1943, the property was reinvigorated as a winery by newspaper magnate Frank Bartholomew; later the Bundschu's, an historic winemaking family who first started growing grapes at nearby Rhinefarm in 1858, owned and managed it


• In 2019, Anna Pope, Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation trustee, and Sonoma winemaker Kevin Holt relaunched the brand and the winery


• Ned Hill, who also works for Quivira, manages the vineyards


• The tasting room is surrounded by Batholomew Park, popular with tourists and locals alike for its picnic spots, trails and neighboring forest walks


• The winery has a shaded knoll with comfy outdoor seating where visitors can relax and a patio  off the tasting room for sun lovers


• On weekend afternoons, visitors can stroll through the full size replica of the historic 1857 Haraszthy home, modeled after a Pompeii villa; the villa been turned into a museum about both Haraszthy and the Bartholomew family


• Haraszthy was a major figure in early California wine history, recognizing the climate's potential for wine grape growing; he played a significant role in growing the industry statewide 


Organic vineyard case production


1,700 (out of 3,300 total)


Certified


Estate vineyard, organic, 2005-2017, CCOF; renewed vineyard certification in 2019, CCOF

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Rosé

• Sauvignon Blanc

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$15

Tasting (walk in or by appt.)


$25

Tour and tasting (by appt.)


$125

Horseback ride (45 min.) and wine tasting l add- on lunch option


CONTACT


Bartholomew Estate Winery

1000 Vineyard Lane

Sonoma, CA 95476


707.938.2244


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Cassata | Sonoma | Sonoma Valley AVA | Glen Ellen

Winery Overview

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Location

• Sources grapes solely from its 21 acres of estate vines in Sonoma Valley; the estate is located in a unique bowl in the upper reaches of hillsides (above the historic Pagani vineyard)

• The wines are made in Sonoma

Best known for

• A Sonoma Valley grower's own wine label producing small lots of estate grown wines

• Makes four wines from certified vines ($29-53)

• Founded by an Italian-American family who made their money from farming corn in the Midwest, the Cassatas' Sonoma estate is their family's pride and joy—a place chosen after a seven year search for the right spot


• The family sought a location that has its own watershed, with no one above them, and a place where they could farm organically with their own animals on the property


• The family also raises olive trees and sells their organic olive oil online


• Keith Emerson is the winemaker


• Most of their grapes are sold to other wineries, including Jeff Cohn and Muscardini Cellars (where they've been made into award-winning wines)


• Robert Parker gave Cohn's Zin—from Cassata's grapes—his highest rating ever for a Zinfandel —95 points


Organic vineyard case production

1,000 (out of 1,000 total)

Certified 

Vineyard, organic, CCOF, 2014-present

Previously: 2005-2014, Stellar Certification Services; 2014-present, CCOF; biodynamic, 2005-2014, Demeter USA

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes


• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Merlot

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Zinfandel

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$NA

Private tour and tasting (by appt.)


Cassata | Sonoma

11250 Sonoma Highway

Glen Ellen, California 95442


888.231.4449


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Hamel Family Winery | Sonoma Valley AVA | Glen Ellen

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources solely from its 88 acres of certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyards on four sites—three are in Sonoma Valley; the fourth, Nuns Canyon Vineyard, is on a hillside site in the Moon Mountain District 


• The architect designed winery and caves are on the main Sonoma Valley vineyard site


• The elegant tasting room, housed in an eco-friendly building made from rammed earth, has huge glass windows that face stunning views of Sonoma Mountain across the valley; there's also an outdoor lounging area for enjoying the views


Best known for


• Rising star Sonoma producer with a stellar reputation making top tier Cabernets and Bordeaux blends, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and more


• Makes nine wines from certified organic and Biodynamic vines ($30-200, 90-95 pts.)


• George Hamel, Jr. (head of an investment management firm) and his wife Pam Hamel founded the estate in 2010 as a family enterprise with their sons John B. Hamel II, and George F. Hamel, III, who run the winery and make the wines


• The family has generously donated to local philanthropic causes and funded a wine marketing professor chair at Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute


• The Sonoma winery site's fascinating history goes all the way back to the era when the wealthy and influential George and Phoebe Hearst owned it (in the late 1800's); it was later owned by an Italian winemaking family, the Parduccis, who sold it to the Hamels


• Today the winery's all star team includes Phil Coturri, Sonoma's top organic vineyard consultant, and Corinne Comme, a French Biodynamic consultant from Bordeaux


• The winery pays homage to Sonoma's old vine heritage; its Armor Plate Vineyard is home to 100 year old Zinfandel vines that still bear fruit that go into a single vineyard bottling


• The winery has 95 pt. scores from top critics for its Cab and Cab blends, but prefers not to mention them in marketing the wines, letting the wines speak for themselves


Organic and biodynamic vineyard case production


5,000 (out of total 5,000)


Certified


Vineyards, organic, 2013, CCOF; biodynamic, 2016, Demeter USA

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes


Reserve Wines


• Bordeaux Blend | "Nuns Canyon Vineyard"

• Cabernet Sauvignon | Nuns Canyon ("Pamelita Reserve")

• Cabernet Sauvignon | Sonoma Valley ("Hamel Family Ranch")

• Sauvignon Blanc | "Reserve"

• Zinfandel | "Armor Plate Ranch"


Current Release Wines


• Bordeaux Blend I "Isthmus"

• Rosé 

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Zinfandel 


Varieties Grown


Armor Plate Vineyard - Sonoma Valley AVA

• Zinfandel and other mixed varietals


Hamel Family Ranch Vineyard - Sonoma Valley AVA

• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Cabernet Franc

• Grenache

• Merlot

• Petite Sirah

• Petit Verdot 

• Zinfandel


Nuns Canyon Vineyard (Moon Mountain District AVA)

• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Cabernet Franc

• Grenache

• Merlot

• Zinfandel


Tres Palmas Vineyard (Sonoma Valley AVA)


• Sauvignon Blanc 

• Semillon


WINE NOTES


The 2015 Isthmus (983 cases, $85), a flagship wine, is a velvety blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and  Cab Franc (25%) with notes of cherries and black fruits. 


The 2015 Hamel Family Ranch (216 cases, $150) is a Bordeaux blend from valley fruit. It offer up blackberriy and plum notes.


The ageworthy 2014 Nuns Canyon Vineyard (299 cases, $165), from mountain fruit, is a unque blend (53% Cabernet and 47% Cab Franc), with black cherries and dark fruits layered over gentle tannins.

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$60

Estate tour and tasting paired with light fare


$100

Seated tasting of reserve wines


$125

Tour and tasting paired with four course menu


Hamel Family Wines

15401 Sonoma Hwy.

Sonoma, CA 95476


707.996.5800


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