Estate Vineyards

Estate Vineyards

The production of world-class Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay requires world-class vineyards. Matanzas Creek harvests fruit from some of Sonoma County’s preeminent sites in Bennett Valley, Alexander Valley and Knights Valley. The diversity of climates, geographies and topographies in these AVAs ensures that all of Matanzas Creek’s wines possess character, concentration and structure.

Jackson Park

Sitting on a hillside just across from the winery is the esteemed Jackson Park Vineyard. With breathtaking views of Bennett Valley, Jackson Park is just over 1,000 prestigious acres of world class vineyards, planted on slightly sloping bench lands. The well-drained volcanic soils of this site are the product of three dormant volcanoes that encompass Bennett Valley - Sonoma Mountain, Taylor Mountain, and Bennett Peak. To much surprise, recent vineyard redevelopment revealed an astounding number of oversized boulders beneath the surface of the hillsides. In the early hours of the morning, a layer of fog rests gently over the vines. If you are lucky enough to visit the highest point of the estate, you may even see the top of the fog layer and watch it as it rescinds toward the Pacific. The Petaluma Wind Gap allows cold air to flow through the valley and keep the temperatures of Jackson Park at bay for optimum grape-growing. The character of this property remains unmatched, which is evident in the fruit that is produced.

Bennett Valley

The Bennett Valley AVA is one of Sonoma County’s best kept secrets. It is hidden in the mountains almost midway between the towns of Santa Rosa and Sonoma. Although a relative newcomer to the wine industry – it was only granted AVA status in 2003 – Bennett Valley has quickly become a favorite fruit source for many of California’s most important wineries. The region’s temperatures are tempered by morning fog and cool Pacific winds that flow through Crane Canyon between Sonoma Mountain and Taylor Mountain. As is the case throughout most of Sonoma County, the choice vineyard land is set along the hillsides and benches. The combination of cool temperatures and well-draining volcanic soils produce tight, powerful wines. Matanzas Creek harvests Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Bennett Valley.

Alexander Valley

With more than 15,000 acres of vineyards, along with mountains, valleys, lakes, grasslands and forests, Alexander Valley is the largest AVA in Sonoma County. It stretches from the Mendocino border down to Chalk Hill and encompasses the towns of Geyserville, Cloverdale and Healdsburg. The area’s vinous history began in the mid-1800s when Cyrus Alexander, the region’s namesake, first planted vines. Wine production became more serious between 1960 and 1990 as vintners recognized the great potential of the region’s terroir. Climatically, Alexander Valley is a warm pocket in a cool area, making it suitable to a wide range of grapes. The most prized vineyards, those sites with the best drainage and mesoclimates, are often located at higher elevations. Alexander Mountain Estate, a spectacular property that climbs from 400 to 2,400 feet above sea level, is a prime source of Merlot and Chardonnay for Matanzas Creek.

Helena Bench, Knights Valley

The Knights Valley is east of Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill and west of Napa Valley. It is a remote, unspoiled landscape framed by tall mountains to the north and south. The unique topography keeps the region moderately warm during the day and cool, as opposed to cold, at night. The soils range from cobbles to clay to volcanic rock. The top vineyards tend to congregate on the benches and raised alluvial riverbeds below Mount Saint Helena, Sonoma County’s tallest mountain. The wines from Knights Valley boast a compelling blend of ripe fruit, solid acidity, concentration, elegance and minerality. Matanzas Creek harvest Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot from Knights Valley.