Trione Vineyards and Winery
Our family has farmed in Sonoma County for three generations. In 2005 we established Trione Winery, designed specifically for crafting small lots of wine from our estate grapes grown in the Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. Trione Winery sits beside a landmark 1908 stone winery. Now an event center, the iconic Old Stone Building is available for private parties and weddings.
Trione Vineyards and Winery is located in the gorgeous area of Geyserville, California.
- Crafted in tradition, backed by leading edge technology. Impeccable service standards with a personal touch.
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In 2005, when the Trione family decided to build their legacy winery on their Home Ranch in Alexander Valley, they searched for a winemaker with design, construction and wine production experience – a tall order that Scot Covington filled. The family appointed him winemaker in 2005. “The Triones basically gave me a blank piece of paper and said ‘Design your winery’.” Scot envisioned a straightforward facility, customized to accommodate small lots and hands-on winemaking.
Scot brought years of relevant experience to the project. After graduating from California State University, Fresno in 1990 with a B. S. degree in Agricultural Science, Enology, he enhanced his knowledge working on three continents — in North America here in Sonoma County, South Africa and Australia. Scot’s mentors are legendary; his winemaking is influenced by years of training under such icons as Bill Bonnetti and Merry Edwards.Living a winemaker’s dream, Scot has his choice of the finest grapes grown on the Trione family’s vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast AVAs. He selects the top three percent of grapes from more than 650 acres of vineyards. Scot’s goal: make wines that express the highest level of quality across all varieties produced from estate grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.
Living a winemaker’s dream, Scot selects just three percent of the Trione estate grapes and crafts small lots of wine in his customized “studio”. Scot’s goal: make wines that express the highest level of quality across all varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.
Our winery operations are a family affair. Mark Trione is President, Vic is Vice President, Mark’s daughter Denise oversees sales and marketing, and her husband, Kris Hicks, is Vineyard Operations Manager. We are proud of our family history (link to Timeline) and passionate about Sonoma County’s hospitality, food and wine.
Trione winery is located next to a 1908 landmark stone building at the Home Ranch in Alexander Valley. Respecting history and tradition, our family restored the Old Stone Building, preserving the history and authentic character. Now an event center, it is available for private parties.
Director of Sales and Marketing
As a young girl, Denise Trione dreamed of a future in the wine business. She says, “I was raised around our vineyards and have great memories of the aromas in Geyser Peak Winery’s cellars,” owned by her family from 1982-1998.
Born and raised in Santa Rosa, California, Denise attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and pursued a degree in Business Administration. While in college, she worked an internship in the marketing department at Peak Wines International. “I continued to have a strong interest in the wine business.”
Earning her degree from the university’s College of Business in 2000, Denise went to work in the commercial banking industry, but still dreamed of a future in wine. “I prodded my father to develop a small wine label.” Denise says. “In 2005, Dad, Uncle Vic and I began planning Trione Vineyards and Winery.”
For two years, Denise split her time between her home in Sacramento and Sonoma County, where planning and construction of Trione Winery were underway. In 2008 Denise and her husband Kris Hicks moved back to Sonoma County and full time winery work. Today Denise is Director of Sales and Marketing. Kris is Operations Manager of the Trione Vineyards.
“I love being part of a family business and the feeling of pride that comes from seeing guests enjoy themselves at the winery as they taste our wines,” Denise says, “and I am deeply proud of our family’s commitment to the Sonoma County community.” She also loves bringing her 2 dogs, Scout and Bubba, to work at the winery, to greet visitors.
“Kris considers it to be a good day at work when he arrives home thoroughly exhausted and dirty,” says Denise Trione, of her husband, vineyard manager for five Trione ranches.
As a young man, Kris worked in the construction industry with his father, a concrete mason. Focused on his vocational interests, he obtained an Associate Degree and Union Carpenter Apprenticeship. He became a certified EMT with dreams of becoming a fireman or policeman; however, Kris’ carpentry career took center stage with large bridge and construction projects.
Kris and Denise met in Sacramento. In 2008, they relocated to Sonoma County where the Trione winery was set to open. As Denise developed the winery hospitality, sales and marketing programs, Vimark Vineyards put Kris to work on the Trione’s five ranches, supervising building and repair projects. And he worked in the vineyards, learning pruning and harvesting.
Recognizing Kris’ exceptional management skills and work ethic, Mark Trione appointed him Operations Manager and put him to work with John Tankersley, Vimark’s Vineyard Manager for forty years. John took Kris under his wing, mentoring him for three seasons. Kris enhanced his field experience with viticulture classes at Santa Rosa Junior College.
When John retired in 2011, the Trione family appointed Kris Vineyard Manager. He completed his first solo season in 2012, working side-by-side with his crew. “My co-workers are my mentors now. I work alongside men who have been farming for decades. Together, we make decisions based on what is best for the vineyards and the workers.”
“We do everything it takes to grow and maintain our commitment to quality fruit,” Kris says. “Finding a way to farm efficiently and profitably while leaving the smallest footprint in the vineyard drives our definition of sustainability.” To meet this pledge, Kris employs proven techniques: water conservation, integrated pest management, cover crops. “We are always looking for a new way to do things or a more efficient way to approach farming and all the minute details it takes to grow quality fruit.”
Fifteen hundred meters west of Flatridge Ranch — on a hill overlooking the vineyard to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west — is Kris’ chosen spot for contemplation. “My favorite time of year is pruning season, the start of a new year.”At home, Kris enjoys his free time with Denise and their daughter, Georgia. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys hunting, kayaking, four-wheeling and camping along Lake Tahoe’s Rubicon Trail.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Sunny days and warm temperatures in the Alexander Valley provide ideal growing conditions for red varieties at our Cloverdale, Geyserville and Home Ranch vineyards.
Acreage: 246 planted
Site: 215 feet elevation, southern exposure, located on the western bank of the Russian River
Soils: clay loam over clay loam subsoil
Years planted: 1992 – 2008
Source of Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 4, Bordeaux clone 339
Acreage: 181.44 planted
Site: 301 feet elevation, east–southeast exposure, located along western flank of Mayacamas Mountains at the upper end of Alexander Valley
Soils: clay loam over sandy clay loam subsoil with a high percentage of alluvial gravel deposits
Source of Cabernet Sauvignon Block 21, Bordeaux clone 337, Petite Verdot, Malbec
Years planted: 1990 – 2004
Acreage: 96.66 planted
Site: 227 feet elevation, northwest-southeast exposure, in the heart of Alexander Valley
Soils: clay loam over sandy clay loam subsoil
Years planted: 1993-1998
Source of Red Wine Merlot, block I, Bordeaux clone 181, Zinfandel, Primitivo
*Russian River Valley
The geological center of the Russian River AVA marks our River Road Ranch, where moderating sea breezes and cool, foggy nights are ideal for growing desirable Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. River Road Ranch sits on rolling hills overlooking the site where the Russian River turns west, running toward the Pacific Ocean. Three creeks in ripiarian zones run through the property.
River Road Ranch
Acreage: 125.28 planted
Site: 60-114 feet elevation, east-west exposure
Soils: sandy clay loam over sandy loam subsoil
Years planted: 1998-2009
Source of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah
In hilly terrain and only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Flatridge Ranch grows heritage Zinfandel vines at 1,100 feet elevation in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The Pacific Ocean is less than 10 miles to the west, influencing the daytime shifts in temperature. The elevation and coastal weather give rise to a longer growing season, allowing full flavor development.
Acreage: 10 planted
Site: 1,100 feet elevation, southern exposure
Soils: rich, red volcanic
Year planted: 2008
Source of Zinfandel, St. Peter’s Church clone
“Smooth and lush with ripe citrus fruit and dense structure; long, seamless and complex, tangy and balanced; lovely and elegant.”
Anthony Dias Blue,Tasting Panel Magazine
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Gold Medal 2014 North Coast Wine Challenge Invitational
Double Gold Medal, Best of Class
2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
“Juicy and crisp with spice and bright fruit; fresh and tangy,long and balanced.
Anthony Dias Blue,Tasting Panel Magazine
“Sultry pear and baked apple are the stars. Lemony and creamy on the palate…along finish and robust yet restrained oak…”
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2010 Pinot Noir
Best of Class, Gold Medal, 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2014 Pinot Noir Summit
Greg Walters, Pinot Report
2011 Pinot Noir
“Dense and spicy with smooth texture and bright cherry fruit; savory and balanced with good structure and a long finish.
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine
2009 Red Wine
“This vintage is suave and supple on the palate…delicious and easy to drink now.”
Robert Whitley, Creator’s Syndicate
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
“A superb example of Alexander Valley Cabernet”
Robert Whitley, Creator’s Syndicate
2010 Sauvignon Blanc Accolades
2011 Chardonnay Accolades
2009 Chardonnay Accolades
2009 Pinot Noir Accolades
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Accolades
2008 Red Wine Accolades
2008 Syrah Accolades