Taste biodynamic wines at DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma County
DeLoach Vineyards, Santa Rosa

Biodynamic and Organic Wineries in Sonoma County

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Sonoma County wineries are among the leaders in the organic and Biodynamic wine movements, which can be very generally summed up as systematic, forward-looking returns to the 'roots' of agriculture.

The percentage of vineyard land in Sonoma County certified organic or Biodynamic is only growing.

Learning about these alternative approaches is half the fun of visiting Sonoma County wineries that practice Biodynamic and organic winemaking.

Find out more about Biodynamic and organic grapes and wine at these Sonoma County wineries:

Sonoma Valley and Glen Ellen

Benziger Family Winery

The insectary at Benziger Family Winery is home to numerous plants and bugs that are critical to the health of the vines
The insectary at Benziger Family Winery

Sonoma County's granddaddy of Biodynamic wine only received its certified status from Demeter (the leading Biodynamic certifying organization) in 2000. Since then, the estate has become a showpiece for Biodynamic winegrowing. Tractor-pulled tram tours offer visitors views of the garden-like property and Sonoma Valley below, and there's a tour option for those who want a deeper dig into the details of Biodynamic viticulture.

Amapola Creek Vineyards and Winery

Sonoma County wine legend Richard Arrowood, who gained a fan base as winemaker at Chateau St. Jean in the 1970s, can be found at his own little winery a little further up the road and high above Sonoma Valley. He's chosen to get his own estate vineyards certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Note that there's a difference between certified organic grapes and wine: Arrowood's wines contain judicious additions of sulfites to preserve their mountain-grown flavors, so these wine labels cannot bear the USDA organic logo.

Westwood Estate Wines

The Annadel Gap Vineyard of Westwood Estate Wines in Spring, Sonoma County
Annadel Gap Vineyard, Westwood Estate Wines

This small winery made the commitment to Biodynamic farming at their estate Annadel Gap vineyard, which occupies a unique 'wind gap' location at the northern end of the Sonoma Valley appellation. Pinot Noir and Syrah star at their tasting salon, which is located in 'Vine Alley' in the historic town of Sonoma.

Hamel Family Wines

The outdoor patio is shaded by trees at Hamel Family Wines, Sonoma
Hamel Family Wines, Sonoma

Hamel Family Wines produces highest quality wines in limited quantities from grapes grown on their Sonoma Valley and Moon Mountain District estate vineyards. They farm their vineyards with organic and Biodynamic practices, making them always mindful of their role as responsible stewards of the land.

Bartholomew Estate Winery

Image of the vineyards at Bartholomew Estate Winery in the Sonoma Valley.
Bartholomew Estate Winery

Bartholomew Estate Winery invites visitors to experience estate-grown wines from their CCOF certified organic vineyards. With classic Sonoma Valley soil and exposure, their vineyards, with their long and distinguished history, are in the perfect spot to produce amazing Sonoma Valley wines. Enjoy glorious views of the birthplace of Sonoma viticulture from the winery’s Oak Knoll.

Healdsburg and Dry Creek Valley

Quivira Vineyards & Winery

An image of a boar adorns the sign at the entrance to Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg
Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg

You know you've found Quivira when, after rounding a bend on winding West Dry Creek Road, you see their Biodynamic preparations tower jutting above a colorful garden of flowers, herbs, and veggies. Quivira now calls their approach to viticulture 'holistic farming,' meaning that they adhere to the principles established by Rudolph Steiner, who inspired the Biodynamic movement. Pigs, chickens, and compost heaps abound - but estate Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache are remarkably clean, floral, and fruity.

Preston Farm & Winery

Pumpkins and gourds on display in front of Preston Farm & Winery, Healdsburg
Preston Farm & Winery, Healdsburg

Fruit trees, olive trees, lambs, chickens, fresh kale, and a herd of cats - where are the vineyards? Putting the farmyard back in the vineyard, Preston has become among Sonoma County's most dedicated advocates of the whole-farm approach to growing wines in balance with livestock, mixed agriculture, and natural systems. Preston buzzes with activity at its tasting room, bakery, and produce stand, but is also a laid-back place to have a picnic.

Truett Hurst Winery

The shaded outdoor patio at Truett-Hurst Winery, Healdsburg
Truett Hurst Winery, Healdsburg

Frisky goats and sheep adjacent a weedy vineyard are telltale signs that the Truett Hurst estate on Dry Creek Road may be a little different from its neighbors. It's certified Biodynamic, in fact — although the wines may not be labeled as such. Take a glass of Zin and meander through the garden on the way to a colorful set of chairs down by Dry Creek, where the winery is participating in salmon habitat restoration efforts. Sharing the property, VML Winery specializes in single vineyard and barrel select Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

DaVero Farms and Winery

Piglets at DaVero Farms and Winery, Healdsburg
DaVero Farms and Winery, Healdsburg

Sample estate olive oil and rare Italian varietal wines and stroll through certified Biodynamic gardens, with stops to visit friendly pigs and a living dome formed of willow trees.

Other wineries that practice Biodynamic or organic farming in this region include:

Hawley Winery Tasting Room and Gallery, 36 North St., Healdsburg

Porter Creek Vineyards, 8735 Westside Road, Healdsburg

Russian River Valley and West County

Deloach Vineyards

The organic gardens at DeLoach Vineyards, Santa Rosa
DeLoach Vineyards, Santa Rosa

When this Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Zinfandel great was purchased by the scion of a big French wine company, the focus of the operation became less 'mainstream,' not more. Like Benziger, Deloach celebrates its organic and Biodynamic certified status and encourages visitors to learn more in its garden experience and tasting flights.

Horse & Plow

Owners Suzanne Hagins and Chris Condos stand outside of the tasting barn at Horse & Plow, Sebastopol
Horse & Plow, Sebastopol

Owners Suzanne Hagins and Chris Condos are so committed to making wine only from certified organic grapes, they say so right on the label! It's not as common as you might think. This husband and wife team, both career winemakers, have managed to put together a little garden oasis amid the apple trees of Sebastopol, and they pour organic cider, too, with wine fresh from the tap at their stylish tasting room. Look for their new certified organic wine, too — which means no sulfites added — when it's available, as well as a Biodynamic wine or two.

Other wineries that practice Biodynamic or organic farming in this region include:

Baker Lane Vineyards, 7361 Baker Lane, Sebastopol

Littorai Wines, 788 Gold Ridge Road, Sebastopol

Porter Bass Winery, 11750 Mays Canyon Road, Guerneville

Red Car Wine, 8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol

Written by Sonoma Insider James Knight.

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