Through legendary Sonoma Valley and the famed Carneros District, California Highway 12 is the quintessential Wine Road. Home to dozens of world renowned vineyards and wineries, this region has been the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country since the first plantings in 1825. Recognizing that our winery, and our neighboring wineries, owe much to this corridor, we proudly assumed the name and the responsibility of honoring its historical significance.
One of California’s Scenic Highways, the beauty of Highway 12 is enjoyed annually by visitors from around the globe. Seasonal changes provide an ever-varying canvas of unsurpassed grandeur, color and depth.
The dramatic Mayacamas mountains framing Sonoma Valley offer both a layered, artistic backdrop and a broad diversity of soils, slopes and microclimates, each with its own varietal affinity. Add to that the rich fertile soils of the valley floor, Sonoma County’s Meditteranean climate and the cooling marine influence of the Pacific and you have grape growing at its very finest.
Further south the sweeping vistas of Carneros are equally impressive as they fall gently toward San Pablo Bay. Here soils are more austere, primarily clay and marsh sediment and climate is far more marine influenced with the adjacency of the bay. Through Carneros, Highway 12 is refered to locally as “Carneros Highway.”
Quoting Luther Burbank on Sonoma County, “...this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned.” This is where we live and where we make our wine. Our good fortune is not taken for granted, we respect and work to preserve this irreplaceable gift of nature and to offer only the finest of wines.