Sonoma Valley AVA | Estate Wineries with Organic Vines

Sonoma Valley AVA | Organic Overview

AVA Essentials

Tasting Rooms & Festivals

AVA Essentials


• Sonoma's first AVA, established in 1981, 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 valley 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


Tasting Rooms & Festivals

AVA Essentials


Tasting Rooms & Festivals

Tasting Rooms & Festivals

Tasting Rooms & Festivals


Organic Vines: Acres

Organic Vines: Varieties

Tasting Rooms & Festivals


1. Hamel Family Wines: 45 in Sonoma Valley (plus 42 in Moon Mountain District AVA)

2. Lasseter Family Winery: 37

3. Benziger Family Winery: 36

4. Bartholomew Estate Winery: 22

5. Westwood: 22

6. Rose Ranch (grower): 10

7. Stone Edge Farm: 4 (plus 14 in Moon Mountain District AVA)

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


1. Benziger Family Winery: 3,500 (out of 125,000)

2. Westwood: 3,000 (out of 3,800)

3. Hamel Family Wines: 2,500 (in Sonoma Valley plus 2,500 more in Moon Mountain District)

4. Bartholomew Estate Winery: 1,700 (out of 3,300)

5. Lasseter Family Winery: 1,225 (out of 1,500)

Lasseter Family Winery | Sonoma Valley AVA

Winery Overview



• Sources its red wines from its 37 acres of estate vineyards on its 95 acre Sonoma Valley estate; it buys grapes for its only white wine from a local non-organic grower

• The winery and tasting room are located on the estate property in Glen Ellen

Best known for

•  Family owned winery founded by former Disney creative chief and Pixar founder John Lasseter and his wife Nancy on a historic site in Sonoma Valley

• Makes 10 wines from certified vines ($24-54) with its best rated 90-92 pts.

• The winery's focus is on Bordeaux and Rhone varietals

• The property's historic roots date back to 1888 when it was first planted to vines; today a 1.5 acre old vine Zinfandel block, planted in 1919, continues to bear fruit

• John Lasseter refers to the winery as "Nancy's movie"; Nancy Lasseter started the winery after raising the couple's five sons in downtown Sonoma—during that time the couple developed a love of Malbec, making wine at home before starting the winery

• The estate has three vineyards and soil types: Upper Blocks with cobbly soils (17 acres, Bordeaux varietials), Creekside Blocks with rocky alluvial soils (7 acres, Rhone varieties) and the Heritage Block (10 acres, Zinfandel field blend)

• Sonoma's veteran, organic vineyard manager Phil Coturri oversees the vines; Julia Iantosca makes the wines

• The Lasseters also sell grapes to local vintners (who use the name Justi Creek Vineyards on these single vineyard designate wines)

• John Lasseter keeps two cherished vehicles on the estate including the 1964 Ford Falcon that inspired the movie Cars and a vintage steam train, the Marie-E, which belonged to his mentor, Ollie Johnston, one of the original Disney animators (known as the Nine Old Men)

• Fans can buy a limited edition, Hawaiian, 50th anniversary shirt that Nancy designed for John that features art from his films, a wine glass, and other personal mementoes of his life

• The Lasseters are fans of the poster-esque art of Dennis Ziemienski; he's designed all of their wine labels

• While many Disney lovers embrace the brand, the wines easily stand on their own merits; three of its current releases were rated 90+ pts.

Organic vineyard case production

1,225 (out of 1,500 total)


Estate vineyards, organic, 2006, CCOF




Certified Organic Grapes

• Bordeaux Blend (2)

• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Grenache

• Malbec

• Red Rhone Blend (2)

• Rosé (2)

• Zinfandel

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Tour and tasting


Tour and seated tasting accompanied by local, artisan cheeses

Lasseter Family Winery

1 Vintage Lane

Glen Ellen, CA 95442


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Westwood | Sonoma Valley AVA | Sonoma

Winery Overview



• Sources its estate wines from its 22 acres of organic and biodynamic vines in Sonoma Valley on a 37 acre estate, just north of Kenwood in the Annadel Gap; several wines come from local non-organic growers

• The wines are made in a warehouse winery in Sonoma 

• The tasting room is in downtown Sonoma on the Plaza

Best known for 

• Rising Pinot Noir and Rhone wine star uniquely situated in the Annadel Gap at the north end of Sonoma Valley 

• Makes nine estate wines from certified organic and biodynamic vines ($28-74) 

• The winery is focused on Pinot Noir, growing nine different clones (777, 667, 115, 943, Calera, Haynes/Martini, Chambertin, 90, and 37/Mt. Eden); it also bottles several single clone Pinots that showcase the variations in taste 

• The vineyard benefits from the maritime influence from the west through the Annadel Gap, which cools both the Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals 

• In 2014, the winery converted to biodynamic farming with the aid of the French vineyard consultant Philippe Coderey

• In 2018, the owners hired the celebrated winemaker Philippe Melka, as the lead winemaker for Westwood; Melka's associate Maayan Koschitzky is the new director of winemaking 

• The Pinots have been cleaning up in wine competitions; its Pommard Clone Pinot took Best of Class at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Wine and Spirits magazine rated its recent Clone 90 Pinot 91 pts.

Organic and biodynamic vineyard production 

3,000 (out of 3,800 total)


Vineyards, biodynamic, 2017, Demeter USA




Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes

• Counoise-Estate

• Grenache-Estate

• Mourvedre-Estate

• Pinot Noir-Calera

• Pinot Noir-Clone 37 (Mount Eden Clone)

• Pinot Noir-Clone 90

• Pinot Noir-Estate

• Rosé

• Syrah-Estate

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Seated tasting (walk in or by appt.)

Cheese plates or boxed lunches from The Girl and the Fig are available with tastings; pre-order through Westwood. 


Westwood Estate Wines

11 E. Napa St. #3

Sonoma CA 95476


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