Ehret Family Winery’s Bavarian Lion Vineyards have been owned and farmed by the Ehret Family since the mid-1990’s. The estate vineyards showcase the best that Knights Valley has to offer. The Knights Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is protected from the marine influence of the Pacific Ocean, making it the warmest AVA in Sonoma County. The vineyards on the estate range from 400 feet to 800 feet in elevation and are located just north of Calistoga and east of Alexander Valley, on the foothills of Mount St. Helena. The unique topography and soil content make this an excellent area to grow grapes that are also planted in the famous Bordeaux region of France. The soil consists of well drained, very gravelly and sandy loams formed from mixed sedimentary and basic rock. The family is committed to outstanding viticulture practices producing some of the finest fruit in Northern California.
The Ehret’s have been producing premium wines since 2005. Ehret Family Winery’s vineyard practices involve a minimalist approach. Grapes are planted to just under 1/3 of the entire Ranch holdings, leaving over half the ranch as natural wilderness for wildlife and insects. Ehret Family Winery believes in cultivating flowers and plants that attract beneficial insects, and planting cover crops to replenish the soil’s nutrients. The vineyards are sustainably water efficient by recycling rain water to irrigate the vines. No ground water is needed for vineyard irrigation. Likewise, Bavarian Lion Vineyards are also completely off the electrical grid, as electrical power is supplied by solar panels on the vineyard ranch.