Kenwood Vineyards

Kenwood Vineyards – CRAFTING THE EARTH – Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

About

For an in-depth exploration of our wines, we provide two distinctive experiences: Private Tasting – Your exclusive tasting will be sampled overlooking the vineyards in a private room with your own wine educator. Choose any 5 wines from our extensive portfolio of still and sparkling wine, please allow for approximately 1 hour. By appointment only / Monday – Friday /subject to availability / $20 per person. Art, Wine & Food Experience – At Kenwood Vineyards come taste exceptional wines including the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignons while learning and viewing the renowned Artist Series Collection. Visitors will have an opportunity to see original art pieces from the collection that began with the controversial 1975, “Naked Lady: by David Lance Goines. Gourmet appetizers will be paired to bring out the best characteristics of the wine. Available the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00pm / by appointment only / subject to availability / $30 per person / $25 Club Members.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley on California Highway 12 in the town of Kenwood.

Contact

Fax: (707) 833-6572

Features

  • We sources grapes from dozens of vineyards to produce award winning wines.

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History

Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 17,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

Practices & Techniques

At Kenwood Vineyards, we are committed to making the best wines and treating the earth with the utmost respect. Some of our vineyards have been producing grapes for over 140 years and we want to ensure that we will be growing grapes on the land in another 140 years. By following sustainable growing practices, Kenwood Vineyards can continue the tradition of quality winemaking for generations to come. We adhere to this philosophy and make every effort to reduce waste, recycle and lower energy consumption.

Sustaining the Earth, Maintaining Our Livelihood

At Kenwood Vineyards, we intend to produce high quality wine for many years to come. By employing sustainable agriculture techniques, which promotes agricultural practices that allow the minimal use of pesticides in the vineyard, we can sustain both the livelihood of our vineyards as well as the quality of our wine. Although our vineyards are not organic, where no manmade substances are used in the practice of growing grapes, they all follow sustainable grape growing, which provides much of the benefits of organic farming, with less risk, lower energy usage, and at a lower cost of labor. In our vineyards, we use only what is necessary to encourage the development of a natural vineyard ecosystem with predatory insects to help combat grape pests, which not only helps the environment, but allows us to be economically sustainable as well.

Because we source our grapes from a wide range of vineyards, the farming methods used throughout our properties may vary. For example, at Kenwood Vineyards, about 40% of the grapes we use to make our wine are grown on our estate vineyards, which all use sustainable agriculture techniques and where an absolute minimum of manmade chemicals are used in the vineyards. The rest of the grapes come from trusted growers from all over Sonoma County.

At Kenwood Vineyards, we strive to consistently produce delicious, award-winning wines. Having a diverse source of quality grapes gives us flexibility in doing so, making it even more imperative that sustainable practices are followed. Ultimately, maintaining the integrity of our vineyards, thereby the quality of the wine, is our top priority.

Some of our sustainability standards:

-Kenwood Vineyards has been certified green under the Sonoma County Green Business Program.
-Kenwood Vineyards follows the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Self-Assessment Workbook of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance in the management of our vineyards and wineries.

Some of the ways we help the environment:

In our vineyards

-Soil analysis is performed twice annually to assess specific fertilization needs and irrigation effects.
-All vineyards are planted with cover crops and/or permanent grasses to control erosion and to enhance organic matter and nutrition.
-To prevent soil erosion, we spread wheat and rice straw with a straw blower designed and built in our vineyard shop.
-All hillside vineyards are designed with an engineered drainage system to collect rainwater to prevent soil erosion.
-Integrated Pest Management (IPM) guidelines are employed for fertilization, chemical use and irrigation. All of our chemical needs are recommended by a PCA (certified Pest Control Advisor) who recommends soft chemicals on an as need basis only.
-Winery pomace and vineyard prunings are composted back into all vineyards and landscaping.

Wildlife and natural habitat

-Nesting boxes made from recycled wood are used to attract owls, which control the rodent population naturally.
-Duck boxes are installed at vineyards with irrigation ponds so as not to detour their natural habitat.
-Open land (not planted as vineyard) is retained in its natural state to maintain biodiversity.
-When deer fencing is needed, only land where vines are located is encompassed. The remainder of the property is left open for animals to move freely.

Water

-On 125 acres of vineyards, all water (irrigation and frost protection) needs are met by using reclaimed processed water.
-Use of subsurface drainage collects rainwater for all irrigation and frost control needs for approximately 120 acres. No well water is used.

In addition, we employ practices in our wineries to lighten our impact on the environment:

-Each year since 2003 our wineries have been recognized by the State of California EPA in the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP). This program emphasizes waste reduction through reducing use, recycling and energy conservation.
-We have participated in the Sonoma Green Business Program administered by the County of Sonoma Department of Emergency Services which recognizes businesses reducing their ecological footprint.
-All of the lighting in our cellar, barrel, and bottling buildings have converted to high efficiency fluorescent fixtures.
-More than half of our estate tonnage is harvested at night to reduce the amount of energy used for cooling the grape juice.
-Our farm shop recycle program recycles drain oil, filters, cleaning solvent, old wood, steel, plastic and paper.
-All of our promotional materials are printed on 10% post consumer waste papers provided by Imperial in Wisconsin. Imperial is dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint as they continue to introduce measurements moving forward through the use of innovations, technology and sustainable resources.

Awards

2010 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon
95 POINTS

The Tasting Panel, October 2014
91 POINTS

California Grapevine, September 2014
93 RATING

Winelines Online, August 27, 2014

2010 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon
93 POINTS / BEST BUY

Wine & Spirits, October 2013
90 POINTS

Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

Kenwood produced the first Jack London Cabernet in 1976 from a site originally planted 1860; it had been terraced and expanded by writer Jack London, who purchased the land in the early 20th century, the vines reestablished by his descendent, Milo Shepard, in the 1970s. The 2010s from this vineyard – including the zin and the merlot – are exceptional, with this cabernet putting on the finest performance in years. It has the scent of roses and the bright red fruit of wild berries, with equal freshness in the tannins that seem to hold the wine’s potential energy in store. Plump and harmonious, layered with tannic spice, this is a wine to decant now with grilled lamb chops or cellar; at the price, it’s well worth investing in a case.

Jack London Zinfandel
2011 Jack London Zinfandel
93 RATING

Wine & Spirts, October 2014

Blink and you might miss this wine: its rosy, relatively pale color doesn’t call attention to itself. At first the fruit feels light and a bit brittle, but the tannins turn more lithe with air, carrying woodland aromas that seem to put you right in the vineyard, amid Sonoma Mountain’s bay laurel, madrone and mossy stands of live oak, the fruit bright red and cheerfully pure. Try it with wild mushrooms roasted in a wood-burning oven.
91 RATING / EDITORS’ CHOICE

Wine Enthusiast, April 2014

2011 Jack London Merlot
PLATINUM

2014 Critics Challenge, June 2014
91 POINTS

Wine Review Online, June 2014

2011 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
GOLD

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, September 2014
GOLD

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2014

2011 Sonoma County Merlot
BEST OF CLASS

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2014

2011 Sonoma County Zinfandel
GOLD

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2014

2013 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc
GOLD

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, September 2014
GOLD

2014 Orange County Fair Wine Competition, June 2014
TOP 10 OYSTER WINES

20th Annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, April 2014
DOUBLE GOLD

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2014

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Hours

Open seven days a week (except major holidays) from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m

Address

9592 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, California 95452
United States

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