Three Sonoma County Wineries in California Fermenting a Greener Future


| 1/7/2019 12:18:00 PM


Quivira Winery with Solar PV System on Roof

After my last batch of DIY home winemaking resulted in five gallons of red wine vinegar, I realized that perhaps I need to leave winemaking to the experts. Fortunately, vintners in Sonoma County, California, share my values of biodynamic and organic farming. These wineries are working together to make Sonoma County the nation’s first 100-percent certified sustainable wine region.

“Research increasingly shows that people want to purchase and use sustainable products that are good for the environment,” explains Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, an organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of this area as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. “Our being hundred-percent certified sustainable means consumers can be confident that when they purchase and drink a bottle of wine with Sonoma County on the label, they know that the farmer is following a rigorous set of farming practices that steward the land for future generations.”

What better way to experience this sustainability mission than by visiting these eco-forward wineries in person. Accompanied by my husband-photographer, John Ivanko, we did our “tour and taste” last fall. With over 400 wineries in Sonoma County, your biggest challenge is narrowing down options. Here are three of our favorites: Quivira, DaVero and Truett Hurst wineries, all a short, scenic drive outside Healdsburg, California, about an hour and a half drive north of San Francisco.

Quivira Winery's Gardens 



Quivira Vineyards

Pigs. Cows. Bees. A five-hundred-yard compost pile. At first glance, you’re more likely to think this is a diversified homestead than an award-winning winery. But at Quivira Winery, family owned since 1981 and organic certified, diversity is embraced and celebrated, realizing a healthy mix of bio-diversity is what adds up to a vibrant landscape that makes them a leading producer of Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhone varietals. 



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