OUR PINOT NOIR, CHARDONNAY AND SYRAH ARE GROWN IN COLD-CLIMATE VINEYARDS ON THE EDGE OF THE PACIFIC. THIS BAND OF MOUNTAINS ALONG THE WEST SONOMA COAST OFFERS THE IDEAL CLIMATE FOR OUR WINEMAKING PURSUITS.
our WINEGROWING PHILOSOPHY
We are hands-on farmers, part of a small cadre of wineries in our region who are fortunate to grow a large majority of our own fruit. For several years now we have worked hard to go beyond sustainability and have integrated the concepts and principles of organic, biodynamic and permaculture systems into our farming as we search for nature’s ideal pathways.
Wine is important because it connects us to nature. But to offer meaning beyond itself, a wine has to come from a certain place, not just any place. And the winemaker must stand aside and allow that place to transmit its story without manipulation. This is our never-ending pursuit at Red Car.
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all… Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” —Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
the West Sonoma Coast
A pastoral ideal, an escape from the urban rush, a place for food and friendship, a postcard panorama of exquisite beauty; the West Sonoma Coast is all of these things, to be sure, but at heart it remains a farming community as it has been for hundreds of years. Local artisan farmers grow vegetables, livestock, fruit, flowers and honey. Local artisan producers make cheese, charcuterie, cider, olive oil and bread. Wine grapes are only the latest in a string of successful local crops.
Despite this rural history, our proximity to San Francisco has ensured a cultured and cosmopolitan populace that is, by all accounts, obsessed with food and wine. Extraordinary restaurants dot the landscape. Family wineries work the land at every turn. For people like us, in short, it is paradise.