Wine Grower

Beltane Ranch

  • Contact:
  • Lauren Krause
  • Email:
  • lauren@beltaneranch.com
  • URL:
  • http://www.beltaneranch.com/
  • Phone:
  • (707)996-1103
  • Mobile:
  • Vineyard Address:
  • 11775 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
  • Vineyard Management Company:

Grower/Family:

The Wood/Benward/Krause Family Six generations of the Wood family have lived and worked on the Beltane Ranch over more than 70 years, and they are committed to protecting it for future generations. Ralph and Effia Heins bought the historic property in 1936, raising turkeys, sheep and cattle, and planting the ranch’s famous raspberry patch. While caring for her aunt in the 1970s, Rosemary Wood slowly renovated the New Orleans style Victorian ranch house and opened it as a bed and breakfast inn. She enlarged her gardens to supply the inn’s kitchen with farm-grown produce and planted olive groves. In 2002, the family reached an agreement with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preserve and Open Space District to transfer 1,300 acres to public ownership. Rosemary, her daughter Alexa, and grandchildren Alex Benward and Lauren Krause now operate the ranch, maintaining the historic inn and raising sustainably farmed produce, grass-fed beef and heritage laying hens. Thirty acres of the ranch are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet vines. Until 2009, the entire grape harvest was a favorite grape source for notable local wineries including Cakebread Cellars and Duckhorn Wine Company in Napa Valley. Beltane Ranch’s inaugural private label Sauvignon Blanc debuted in 2010 and their estate Zinfandel will debut in 2013.

Vineyard Overview:

Simplicity. Substance. Heritage. Beltane Ranch’s wines reflects the qualities that for centuries have distinguished this historic working ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley’s fabled wine country.

Its 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 its first residents, followed by winemaking pioneers and the daughter of slaves, Mary Ellen Pleasant, whose New Orleans style Victorian house has become the ranch’s trademark. In the early 1900s, vacationers rode the train to Beltane Station, locals staged dances in the barn and horses raced on a track in the front pasture. Since 1936, the Wood family has operated Beltane as a working ranch, adding grass-fed beef and produce gardens, olive and fruit orchards that supply their casually elegant bed and breakfast inn.

Beltane’s valley floor vineyards have an exceptional pedigree, with soils first planted in the 1870s with French cuttings imported by pioneer viticulturist John H. Drummond. In more recent times the vineyards have supplied award-winning grapes to top notch wineries, including Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars. In 2009, the family reserved 7½ tons of fruit for their first estate-grown wine.

“It’s a magical piece of ground,” says winemaker Kevin Holt, who helped select the vines for Beltane Ranch’s private label Sauvignon Blanc. He chose those on a rugged knoll overlooking the heart of the valley that face 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 Holt describes as “intensely flavored wine that opens into rich, bright aromas with hints of ripe honeydew melon, pear, fig, white peaches, passion fruit and a little spice from the new barrels.”

They come by those flavors honestly. Adjacent orchards support more than 50 varieties of heirloom citrus, stone fruit, apple, fig, pear, persimmon and pomegranate trees. They also share the ranch with ancient oaks, grassland pastures, olive orchards, horses, cattle, centuries-old stone walls and the 1892 house with wrap-around porches that still stands sentinel over Sonoma Valley.

Grapes for Sale:

Blocks:

Title of Planted Area:

Estate Zinfandel

Varietal:

Zinfandel

Select

Block Acreage:

10

Block Clone:

Block Elevation:

Block Name:

Estate Zinfandel

Block Rootstock:

Block Slope %:

Block Soil Type:

Block Vineyard:

Beltane Ranch

Block Yield:

Trellis Type:

Block Overview:

Simplicity. Substance. Heritage. Beltane Ranch’s wines reflects the qualities that for centuries have distinguished this historic working ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley’s fabled wine country. Its 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 its first residents, followed by winemaking pioneers and the daughter of slaves, Mary Ellen Pleasant, whose New Orleans style Victorian house has become the ranch’s trademark. In the early 1900s, vacationers rode the train to Beltane Station, locals staged dances in the barn and horses raced on a track in the front pasture. Since 1936, the Wood family has operated Beltane as a working ranch, adding grass-fed beef and produce gardens, olive and fruit orchards that supply their casually elegant bed and breakfast inn. Beltane’s valley floor vineyards have an exceptional pedigree, with soils first planted in the 1870s with French cuttings imported by pioneer viticulturist John H. Drummond. In more recent times the vineyards have supplied award-winning grapes to top notch wineries, including Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars. In 2009, the family reserved 7½ tons of fruit for their first estate-grown wine. “It’s a magical piece of ground,” says winemaker Kevin Holt, who helped select the vines for Beltane Ranch’s private label Sauvignon Blanc. He chose those on a rugged knoll overlooking the heart of the valley that face 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 Holt describes as “intensely flavored wine that opens into rich, bright aromas with hints of ripe honeydew melon, pear, fig, white peaches, passion fruit and a little spice from the new barrels.” They come by those flavors honestly. Adjacent orchards support more than 50 varieties of heirloom citrus, stone fruit, apple, fig, pear, persimmon and pomegranate trees. They also share the ranch with ancient oaks, grassland pastures, olive orchards, horses, cattle, centuries-old stone walls and the 1892 house with wrap-around porches that still stands sentinel over Sonoma Valley.

Watering Techniques:

Wineries You Sell To:

Title of Planted Area:

Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

Select

Block Acreage:

20

Block Clone:

1

Block Elevation:

Block Name:

Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Block Rootstock:

Block Slope %:

Block Soil Type:

Block Vineyard:

Beltane Ranch

Block Yield:

Trellis Type:

Block Overview:

Simplicity. Substance. Heritage. Beltane Ranch’s wines reflects the qualities that for centuries have distinguished this historic working ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley’s fabled wine country. Its 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 its first residents, followed by winemaking pioneers and the daughter of slaves, Mary Ellen Pleasant, whose New Orleans style Victorian house has become the ranch’s trademark. In the early 1900s, vacationers rode the train to Beltane Station, locals staged dances in the barn and horses raced on a track in the front pasture. Since 1936, the Wood family has operated Beltane as a working ranch, adding grass-fed beef and produce gardens, olive and fruit orchards that supply their casually elegant bed and breakfast inn. Beltane’s valley floor vineyards have an exceptional pedigree, with soils first planted in the 1870s with French cuttings imported by pioneer viticulturist John H. Drummond. In more recent times the vineyards have supplied award-winning grapes to top notch wineries, including Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars. In 2009, the family reserved 7½ tons of fruit for their first estate-grown wine. “It’s a magical piece of ground,” says winemaker Kevin Holt, who helped select the vines for Beltane Ranch’s private label Sauvignon Blanc. He chose those on a rugged knoll overlooking the heart of the valley that face 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 Holt describes as “intensely flavored wine that opens into rich, bright aromas with hints of ripe honeydew melon, pear, fig, white peaches, passion fruit and a little spice from the new barrels.” They come by those flavors honestly. Adjacent orchards support more than 50 varieties of heirloom citrus, stone fruit, apple, fig, pear, persimmon and pomegranate trees. They also share the ranch with ancient oaks, grassland pastures, olive orchards, horses, cattle, centuries-old stone walls and the 1892 house with wrap-around porches that still stands sentinel over Sonoma Valley.

Watering Techniques:

Wineries You Sell To:

Duckhorn