Sonoma Biochar Initiative hosted the 2012 US Biochar Conference
For more on their work visit the SonomaBiocharInitiative.org website.
For over a century the Kunde family have farmed their 1,850-acre estate in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Their winemaking mission is to carry a tradition of crafting elegant, estate-grown, sustainably farmed wines with a real sense of place. The Wine & Chocolate Tour is a tempting pairing of Kunde Family Estate wines paired with sumptuous chocolate treats. Includes a private cave tour and an exclusive barrel tasting.
As stewards of the land for five generations, we believe sustainable farming results in better, higher quality wine, and ensures the viability of our estate for generations to come. We are committed to a holistic winegrowing approach: nurturing the soil, respecting the native ecosystems on our property, and always working to reduce our environmental impact.
As 100% estate produced wine, each bottle speaks to the distinct soil, climate and topography of our fifth generation sustainably farmed property, nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Nature is the dominant force in our terroir-driven winemaking approach. Sun-drenched days, moderated by cool coastal fog and southerly wind, combine with volcanic gravelly soils and dramatic topography. The result is an ideal backdrop for creating balanced fruit, and full-flavored, complex wines. As winemakers and stewards of the land, we guide the process from vine to bottle by promoting healthy vineyards, walking every row, and sampling every barrel.
Each fall, grapes are hand-harvested in small batches during the cool early morning hours, then gently crushed and de-stemmed at the winery. We employ classic winemaking techniques for all of our estate wines, including the use of native yeasts during fermentation, sur lie aging prior to racking to enhance complexity and depth, and barrel aging in a mix of French, European and American oak for overall balance in the final blend.