SAINTSBURY • JARVIS ESTATE • PORTER FAMILY VINEYARDS
Start your day sipping vineyard-designate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at a table in the garden or tucked inside the barrel cellar at Saintsbury. You often have the chance to throw a ball for the winery’s friendly dogs. You may notice their 7,000 sq. ft. solar array, which provides the majority of Saintsbury’s energy. They have bluebird and barn owl boxes, who pay their rent by ridding the vineyard of unwanted insects and rodents. Saintsbury also uses recycled water for their vineyard irrigation.
From Carneros head up 1200 feet in elevation to Jarvis Estate, tucked away in the Vaca Mountains. Jarvis was the first winery in the world to be built entirely underground, preserving the unmarred beauty of the natural environment and requiring no heating or cooling. You’ll get to tour this grand 45,000 sq. ft. cave and enjoy an intimate, seated tasting of their Estate and Reserve Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots, among others. William and Leticia Jarvis have given careful thought to minimizing their footprint on the 1320 acre estate, including an ecological parking lot built with sand instead of asphalt, meadows and native grasses, wildlife preservation, and a solar array that powers every aspect of the winery, as well as two electric vehicle charging stations.
When you arrive at Porter Family Vineyards’ Coombsville property you are rewarded by rolling vineyards and sweeping views. The caves and winery are also built into a hillside. As you tour the caves and property you’ll try some of their estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other Bordeaux-style blends. This certified Napa Green Winery focuses on water and energy efficiency. The energy they do use is produced by their solar array, soaking in the abundant sun alongside the vines. Porter Family uses Integrated Pest Management and planted insectaries that attract beneficial insects and birds that help control pest populations. Porter Family also believes in social sustainability and giving back to the community. The Porter Family Foundation supports education, child health and development, medical research and humane treatment of animals.
Please note: In order to protect the health and safety of all guests as we continue to be vigilant about the spread of COVID-19 all wineries will be reservation-only for the time being. It is essential to make appointments in advance and also review each winery’s posted policies and procedures before you arrive. Don’t forget your classiest wine tasting masks for entering and exiting the winery.