Beltane Ranch Vineyards
13606 Arnold Drive #8
Glen Ellen, CA, 95442

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Varietals or blends: | Sauvignon Blanc |

Tasting: None - Fee: NA

From the web site: "Our award-winning sauvignon blanc grapes are grown in the same rocky, red soil that has hosted a robust mix of legendary inhabitants over the years. Wappo Indians and Spanish gentry were the first residents, followed by wine-making pioneers and the daughter of slaves, Mary Ellen Pleasant, whose 1892 New Orleans style Victorian houses the bed and breakfast today. In the early 1900s, vacationers rode the train to Beltane Station (the original sign hangs on the barn today), locals stage dances in the barn and horses raced on a track in the front pasture. Since 1936, our family has operated Beltane as a working ranch, adding grassfed beef, produce gardens, and olive and fruit orchards that supply the bed and breakfast inn.

"It's a magical piece of ground," says our winemaker Kevin Holt, who helped select the vines for our first private label Sauvignon Blanc. He chose those on a rugged knoll overlooking the heart of the valley that faces west to absorb the cool morning fog and the hot afternoon sun. The vineyard's slightly higher elevation and harsher soils add complexity to the fruit, creating what he describes as "intensely flavored wine that opens into rich, bright aromas with hints of ripe honeydew melon, pear, white peaches, passion fruit and a little spice from the new barrels. "