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Valley of the Moon Winery

Valley of the Moon Winery The land on which the Valley of the Moon Winery and Vineyards is located has an illustrious past. Once, it was part of the vast 48,000-acre Agua Caliente Land Grant owned by General Mariano Vallejo. Subsequently it changed owners several times until 1863 when the "Stone Tract" portion of the property was conveyed to Mr. George Whitman. According to the best records, Mr. Whitman was the first owner to grow wine grapes on the land. He built a winery and by 1876 his enterprise was a successful one, annually producing 50,000 gallons of wine and 2,000 gallons of brandy. In 1881, Whitman granted a portion of his property to the Sonoma & Santa Rosa Railroad Company. A passenger train station was built and tracks from Sonoma to Glen Ellen were laid down. Two years later, Whitman sold the property to Mr. Eli T. Sheppard, former consul to China, and later an advisor in international law to the emperor of Japan. Sheppard named the property "Madrone Vineyards" and in 1887 began constructing the first of two stone wine cellars on it. Due to poor health, Sheppard retired to San Francisco the following year, and sold the vineyards and winery to Senator George Hearst, father of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Senator Hearst lived on the property, further developing Madrone Vineyards into a serious winemaking operation. He proudly served his wine to guests in Washington, D.C. In 1891 Hearst died, leaving the property to his widow.

From San Francisco: Drive north on Highway 101 to Highway 37, head east. Take a left turn onto Highway 121, drive 7.3 miles to Highway 116. Head north on 116 and take Arnold Drive which continues north. Drive 6.4 miles and make a right turn on Madrone Road. Proceed 0.1 mile to the entrance of Valley of the Moon Winery. From Santa Rosa: Drive east on Highway 12, through Glen Ellen. Make a right turn on Madrone Road. Proceed 0.1 mile to the entrance of Valley of the Moon Winery. From Sacramento: Drive west on Interstate 80, exiting at Highway 12. Head west on 12 to intersection with Highway 12 and Highway 29, turn right and head north, follow until Highway 12 breaks from Highway 29 and turn left onto Highway 12 / Highway 121. Follow Highway 121 to intersection with Highway 116 and turn right. Go approximately 1.6 miles and turn right onto Arnold Drive. Follow Arnold Drive 6.4 miles to Madrone Road and turn right. Proceed 0.1 mile to the entrance of Valley of the Moon Winery.

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  Carneros Pinot Noir
This 2002 vintage release of Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir shows the distinctive Black Cherry aroma that is indicative of the Carneros appellation. This complex wine is aged in French oak for eleven months to add the aroma of vanilla and mellow the wine’s rich body. The fruit flavors are carried into the taste of the wine, exhibiting a fine mouthfeel and supple tannins followed by a crisp finish.
  Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon originates from hillside grapes grown in the Sonoma Valley, blended with Merlot from the Dry Creek Valley, two of Sonoma County’s premier Cabernet growing regions. This complex wine is characterized by a careful balance of fruity and aromatic flavors followed by firm yet subtle tannins. The fruit for this wine was harvested in late September/October after 2000's exceptional growing season. Following fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged for twenty-four months in both French and American oak barrels.
  Sonoma County Chardonnay
The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros, Sonoma Valley and Russian River areas in Sonoma County. These appellations are characterized by foggy mornings and cool breezes that keep the fruit at an optimum temperature; perfect conditions for growing premium Chardonnay grapes. The 2003 vintage was long and cool which enabled the grapes to slowly ripen. This gradual ripening made for a relatively calm harvest that allowed us to hand pick the grapes when they reached their peak ripeness. The fruit for this wine was whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak barrels and then allowed to age “sur lies” for five months while the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The individual lots were then selected for blending and bottling.
  Sonoma County Cuvée de la Luna
Cuvée de la Luna is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Individual barrel lots were chosen from Sonoma County's premier viticultural areas. Our best lots of wine from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, Dry Creek and the Mayacamas Range were all used in this reserve "Meritage" style wine. "The goal with this wine for Valley of the Moon", says winemaker Pat Henderson, "is to make the most complex and best tasting red wine possible. Its non-varietal label gives us the ultimate flexibility to adjust the blend from year to year." The fruit for this wine was harvested in late September/early October after 2000's exceptional growing season. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged for twenty-four months in French and American oak barrels.
  Sonoma County Pinot Blanc
This traditional Alsatian-style wine varietal is a blend of grapes from vineyards that are located in the Russian River Valley and the Southern Sonoma Valley. Both viticultural areas have deep alluvial soil and a cool climate due to the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. These cool microclimates are responsible for preserving the crisp acidity and fresh fruit character of the wine. The 2003 growing season was long and cool with a heat spike at the end of summer that helped push the grapes to perfect ripeness. The 2003 Pinot Blanc was gently pressed into stainless steel tanks and fermented at cool temperatures to preserve the fruit aromas and crisp flavor of the grapes. After fermentation the wine was aged in French oak barrels to add a subtle flavor of oak and extra complexity to the wine.
  Sonoma County Sangiovese
While Sangiovese is an up-and-coming varietal for California, it is a long-revered traditional Mediterranean varietal which has proven to be well suited to Sonoma County. The fruit for this Sangiovese comes from three of our best vineyards, the Mazzoni Vineyard in the Alexander Valley, the Saini Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley and our Estate Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. All three appellations are known for their warm summer days and cool evening breezes. As Sangiovese is one of the most delicate of red wines, the grapes are handled very carefully during picking and vinification. The fruit for the 2001 Sangiovese was picked in late September and early October. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
  Sonoma County Syrah
The fruit for this Syrah primarily comes from three notable vineyards; the Preston Ranch on the western slopes of the Russian River Valley, the Schaefer Vineyard and our Palo Alto estate vineyard both located in the Sonoma Valley. The Schaefer and Palo Alto Vineyards are known for producing fruit with intense body and complex character, while the fruit sourced from the Preston Ranch brings supple, fruity characteristics to the wine allowing our winemaker to create this well-balanced blend. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks; subsequently, 60% of the wine was aged for twenty-four months in French oak barrels, and 40% in American oak barrels
  Sonoma County Zinfandel
In the shadow of Sonoma’s Mayacamas mountains on the western side of the valley, come over half of the grapes for this Zinfandel. These estate vines were planted in the 1940’s and benefit from a historically recognized and unique “banana belt” microclimate which runs through this area. Hot, sunny afternoons mitigated by cool evening Pacific fog characterize the perfect climatic conditions for growing the finest Zinfandel in the region. In addition to our estate old-vine grapes, we use Zinfandel grapes from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. This world-renowned Zinfandel region adds extra complexity and flavor to the blend.


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