The Dirt

We are very fortunate to be the stewards of three beautiful pieces of vineyard property in Sonoma County.  We own and live on the Siebert Ranch, and lease and farm the Pagnano Vineyard and Berger Vineyard, giving Ancient Oak Cellars three estate vineyards.

Our family vineyard, Siebert Ranch, and the Pagnano Vineyard are bothlocated in the Russian River Valley, where the climate is sculpted by regular fog intrusion from the Pacific Ocean flowing through the channel cut by the Russian River. The fog usually arrives in the evening and retreats to the ocean the following morning. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season — often 15 to 20 percent longer than neighboring areas — while retaining their life-giving natural acidity.

Sonoma Mountain is a very special place to grow grapes. The Berger Vineyard, known as “Oak Shade Ranch,” is just next to the famed Laurel Glen vineyards, as well as other renowned vines. The 2,400-foot Sonoma Mountain range begins to rise above the town of Glen Ellen at the western edge of the Valley of the Moon. Found here are high-altitude, steep-sloped vineyards, with eastern exposures to catch the fog-free morning sun. These vineyards fall within the larger Sonoma Valley AVA. However, due to the unique hillside terroir, they are entitled to use the more specific designation of the Sonoma Mountain AVA. Powerful, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignons – the appellation’s specialty – grow here on well-drained soils.

We encourage you to come visit Sonoma County, where you’ll find towering redwood trees, kayaking, hiking, fishing, wildlife-viewing, and camping opportunities, world-class dining, a deep commitment to sustainable agriculture and local products, some of the nicest people in the world, and – of course – lots of fabulous vineyards and wineries. Something for everyone awaits you in Sonoma County.

Watch this beautiful video of a few of Sonoma County’s most scenic spots – and then come make a video of your own!