Our Kathleen's Vineyard, located on the historic Fetzer home ranch in Redwood Valley, is biodynamically farmed. John Fetzer and his father, Barney, first planted the vineyard over 45 years ago with Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The family began farming the vineyard biodynamically in 1993.
At this special vineyard, named after John's mother, Kathleen, Saracina adheres to the biodynamic principle that a vineyard is a closed, self-sustaining ecosystem influenced by the forces of nature. In practical terms, this means managing the vineyards to support their natural rhythm. We time all activity in the vineyard, such as pruning and harvest, to the earth's natural cycles for optimum plant health and crop quality. To encourage a healthy vineyard and ecosystem, we use beneficial cover crops and eliminate the use of chemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
For more information on biodynamic farming, please visit http://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html.