This past weekend over a hundred Pinot Gris and Noir fans gathered at Kenwood’s Landmark Vineyards for their annual Spring Festival. This is the start of their Best of California event series, which showcases Bay Area food and Landmark’s wine every other month during spring and summer. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of BBQ, oysters, cornhole, horses, and of course, wine! Landmark’s next Best of California event, Pigs, Pizza and Pinot, will be July 25. landmarkwine.com
Landmark was founded by Damaris Deere Ford, the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere (yes…tractors and plows!), in 1974. In 1993, legendary winemaker Helen Turley joined the winery, creating what Landmark is best known for today, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Landmark has since changed ownership, but, the Deere family legacy remains: their first Pinot Noir, released in 1995 and still being produced today, is named Grand Detour, after the town where John Deere founded his business.
Landmark’s property is just big enough that you can escape into their estate vineyards to explore and be back to refill your wine glass in a few steps. The majority of Landmark’s grapes are grown offsite in AVAs including Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Lucia Highlands.
San Francisco based rocker Roem Baur (no relation to Rombauer wines, folks!) played originals and covers to the enjoyment of guests. He was on “The Voice.“
Every Saturday farmer Pat Prather brings his legendary Belgian draft horses to Landmark for free winery tours. These ladies were a delight to meet and took us throughout the property. Prather explained the details on grafting and the history of the property – well worth the trip and one of the most delightful winery tours in Sonoma Valley.