Enkidu Wine

About

Enkidu Wine is a producer of small-lot, hand-crafted, award-winning wines, sourced from vineyards across the North Coast. We work closely with growers who farm conscientiously and take pride in treating the land and vines with respect. We strive to make handcrafted wines of outstanding character that are the result of passion, art, and intelligence, combined with hard work and dedication to our craft.

Location Description

Located in the Sonoma Court Shops.

Features

  • Handcrafted wines.

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Winemaker

Winemaker and owner, Phillip Staehle, created Enkidu to produce wines of outstanding character, and to get back to “...working with my hands, to use all of my senses, and live and work according to the seasons of the year.” Phil honed his craft at Carmenet Vineyards (Chalone Wine Group) from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. The philosophies at Carmenet still resonate today and were best expressed by the late Dick Graff: “To be the best you can, to not compromise on quality; and most certainly concentrate on every detail.”

History

The origin or meaning of our name “Enkidu” comes from one of the oldest stories ever recorded: The Epic of Gilgamesh. Written in Sumerian cuneiform nearly 4500 years ago, the story details the life of King Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu. Enkidu was a steward of the land and protector of animals, and was created by the gods as a foil to Gilgamesh. Two-thirds deity and one-third human, he embodied strength, passion, and incredible bravery, yet at times showed fear and trepidation of the unknown. Early in his existence, Enkidu was rustic and rough around the edges, and over time he became more cultured and refined. He evolved while staying true to his nature, the same way a grape does as it jouneys from the vine, through the vinification process, to a finished wine.

As a winery we take direction from the character of Enkidu, looking inward and adhering to beliefs which guide our efforts.

Practices & Techniques

As with the spirit of Enkidu, Dick’s words are a guide in our winemaking, business, and life. We strive to create wines that are first and foremost an embodiment of the vineyard. We employ a minimalist approach utilizing techniques which maximize the expression of the fruit, resulting in balanced, complex wines, which frankly, just taste good! Distinctive and expressive, Enkidu wines are carefully crafted and nurtured: the product of our commitment to make the best wines possible.

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Hours

Daily from 12 PM - 6 PM.

Address

520 Broadway
Sonoma, California 95476
United States

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