“Nestled among three mountain peaks in Sonoma County the vineyards of the Bennett Valley AVA lie along mountain bench lands that cradle the marine fog and capture the cool ocean breezes”
Bennett Valley is a gently sloping elevated valley nestled between three mountain peaks in Sonoma County. Within the Sonoma Valley appellation and overlapping a portion of both Sonoma Mountain and the Sonoma Coast, our well-drained mountain benchland soils combine with early morning fog and cool marine breezes to create ideal conditions for growing exceptional cool-climate varietals. Bennett Valley has earned a reputation for crisp, beautifully structured white wines and distinctive cool-climate Syrah.
With just 650 planted acres, Bennett Valley is one of the smaller Sonoma County appellations. Our 36 primarily family-owned vineyards average less than 20 acres each. At harvest time, you’ll often find our grower-owners and their family and friends out in the fields working alongside the harvest crews. There is an obvious passion here, and our growers believe deeply in the emerging potential of this relatively new AVA.
The valley itself is peaceful and serene. We have just one winery open to the public (Matanzas Creek) but you’ll find our appellation listed on some of the most sought-after wine artisan labels in California: Dumol, Morlet, Carlisle, Tor Kenward and Pax, to name just a few. In addition, there are a handful of recently established grower brands, many based in warehouse production facilities that cater to small lot, artisan winemaking. While their focus may vary, all are committed to crafting wines that are true to their vineyards and unique appellation.