There are many approaches to viticulture other than the traditional practices. There is Organic Viticulture, Integrated Pest Management, Sustainable Viticulture and Biodynamic Viticulture. You will find examples of each of these practices in some of the vineyards of California, just over the hill.
In the AVA of Sonoma Mountain just north of the town of Sonoma is Benziger Family Winery. They are 100% Biodynamic, 20% Organic and also practice IPM and Sustainable Viticulture. What this means is that rather than using chemical pesticides, Benziger uses plants to attract natural predators to the wine grape pests. Rather than using chemical fertilizers, the winery keeps Sottish Highlander cows on the property. The waste water from the winery is used to feed plants on the property. Benziger is not just a vineyard. It is an ecosystem where plants and animals benefit from and sustain one and other. The Benzigers believe that sustainable, biodynamic farming not only benefits the environment. They believe it also creates a more flavorful, vital wine.
Their 2008 Biodynamic Signature 3 Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of oak, plum and anise with good, muscular tannins. Tribute is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, a Bordeaux blend, with nice earthy, red fruit aromas. The 2012 Dragonsleaf Rosé is crisp and flavorful with aromas of strawberries and watermelon.
The property is beautiful and the wines are alive with flavor.