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About Wellington Vineyards
Wellington Vineyards is owned by the father and son team of John and Peter Wellington. John purchased the winery site in 1986. At the time, it consisted of 20 acres of old vines and a few decrepit old fruit and nut trees. Replanting of part of the old vineyard and orchard started in 1988. The winery was completed in time for the 1989 crush. We grow approximately half the grapes we use and purchase the remainder, primarily from small, unique vineyards.
The estate vineyards consist of 21 acres, 8 of which are 85 to 117 years old. There are 24 different varieties in the old vineyard, with the most common being Zinfandel, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache and Syrah. In addition, there are 10 acres of eleven to sixteen year old vines that consist of Merlot, Chardonnay, Marsanne, and Syrah. We grow more Merlot than anything else. Three more acres were replanted in 2001, predominantly to Syrah, Zinfandel and Grenache.
In the vineyard we practice sustainable agriculture. We use a blend of organic and traditional farming practices that promote healthy vines and a healthy environment. Our new, irrigated vineyard blocks have permanent cover crops in order to help replenish the soil and to provide habitat for beneficial insects and spiders. The old, dry-farmed blocks are still cultivated, in order to retain soil moisture. Sulfur dust, used for millennia to control powdery mildew, is the only thing that we ever put on the vines; fortunately we never need insecticides.
Winemaking is custom tailored to each small lot of grapes (typical lot size is less than four tons). There are no standard practices other than utilization of the utmost care in handling grapes and wine. All wines are aged in small oak barrels, clarified by racking and are bottled either unfiltered or with minimal filtration. Our oak is currently 90% French, 10% American.
Our first vintage was 1989, when we made 1,000 cases. 2009 production was over 9,000 cases.
Wellington Vineyards is not a glitzy showplace winery; we put our money and hard work where it belongs - into wine production. Our goal is to produce great wines at a fair price. An important aspect of this plan to offer great value is based on direct sales. We sell close to 50% of our wine through the tasting room; availability elsewhere is and will continue to be extremely limited.
News and Events
- Welcome to the Newly Revamped Website! We just got an overhaul this July
- Read Peter Wellington’s (owner & winemaker) Blog Updates
- Enjoy beautiful seasonal vineyard photographs by Toby Germano
- Tickets for SAVOR SONOMA are on sale!
- WELLINGTON VINEYARDS IS 100% SOLAR POWERED & GREEN CERTIFIED!
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