DISTINCTIVE WINES THAT REFLECT OUR COOL COASTAL HOME
Our wines are sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley, the majority of which comes from the award-winning Dutton Ranch (2017 Vineyard of the Year), owned by DG Partner/Grower, Steve Dutton. Dutton Ranch is comprised of over eighty separate small vineyards, each with its own characteristics. Along with the fruit from Dutton Ranch, we also source Pinot Noir and Riesling from some spectacular single vineyard sites in Marin County, Sonoma Coast, and Anderson Valley. Learn more about our vineyards here. Steve and Dan are constantly searching for new vineyards where everything comes together perfectly.
- Being socially responsible in how growers work with their neighbors, employees, and community. One example of this is that Dutton Ranch provides dorm-style housing for their vineyard workers.
- Being environmentally conscientious with farming and winery practices. Dutton Ranch’s vineyards have all passed the Fish Friendly Farming Certification Program, which creates and sustains water quality and habitat.
- Remaining diligent and viable as an economically mindful business, so it may be passed down to future generations.
The Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA is home to our winery, tasting room, and Dutton Ranch, the source of most of our fruit. Located at the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean makes it one of the coolest appellations within Sonoma County. The climate in Green Valley is even cooler than other parts of the Russian River Valley, and favors the cultivation of cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer.
The Russian River Valley AVA is centered on the Russian River and accounts for about one-sixth of the total planted vineyard acreage in Sonoma County. The appellation was granted AVA status in 1983 and expanded in 2005. Home base to our winery and the bulk of our vineyards, the region is characteristically cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
Marin County AVA can almost solely be attributed to the efforts of one tireless grower, our dear friend, Mark Pasternak. Marin County is bordered on three sides by the moderating waters of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, resulting in wines that are marked by their bright flavors, superb acidity and lower alcohols. There are approximately 200 acres of vineyards in Marin County, planted to Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer.
The Petaluma Gap is the premier gateway to the Sonoma Coast and northern Marin County wine region. Designated on December 7, 2017 as the country’s newest AVA, Petaluma Gap is producing premium grapes that make it one of California’s best areas to grow primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grapes.
The Sonoma Coast AVA may be Sonoma County’s most enigmatic wine region. From the wild, wind-swept northern coast to the gently rolling hills of the southern dairy land, it spans the county from just north of Annapolis to San Pablo Bay. For only 500 total planted acres, Fort Ross-Seaview AVA is certainly making waves since being added as an official AVA in 2011. The first wine grapes in Sonoma County were planted in 1817 at Fort Ross, but the area’s real legacy began in 1973, when a sheep rancher Mick Bohan, struggling with low wool prices, planted Riesling to supplement is income. The rest, is history.
The Mendocino County appellation is part of the large North Coast AVA that spreads northward from San Francisco Bay. Long famous for its redwood forests, today Mendocino County is a world leader in certified organically-grown grapes. There are 17,000 acres of vineyards in the County, with 25% of them growing certified organic grapes.
The Anderson Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area centered in Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. It is known primarily for its Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine production. Lying 10 to 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the AVA is prone to wide diurnal temperature variation of between 40 to 50 °F.