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Bonny Doon Vineyard Video Tour

Bonny Doon Vineyard

328 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 425-4518

Tasting:   Open Wed to Sun noon to close
Tasting fee $5 credited with $30 purchase
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
Price Range:   $12 to $45 per bottle
Established:   1981
Vineyards:   140+ acres
  45,000 cases

Bonny Doon Vineyard Description

Check out their new tasting room and cafe.

The staff is knowledgable about the winery’s unique philosophy of grape growing and winemaking. Bonny Doon goes beyond organic by growing their grapes and making their wines using an integrated holistic agricultural practice known as Biodynamics.

Biodynamics seek to harmonize farming practices with the subtle forces of the Universe partly by following the astronomical calendar of the moon, planets and stars. Using this cyclical rhythm, they perform agricultural activities in accord with the energetic tendencies of the plants to get the very best fruit for their wines. The practice includes specialized composting (something to do with lactating cow manure and cow horns) to bring the vineyard into balance with its soil. The practice has a certain quasi-mystical aspect to it, but its proponents, of which there are many, praise its results.

The winemaking, as you might guess, is done very deliberately, also using Biodynamic methods. The use of indigenous yeasts, whole-cluster pressing, excessive stirring of the lees, and fermenting in open-topped vessels are just the starting points for this distinctive method of winemaking.

What does all this produce? Wonderful, rich Rhone wines including their Le Cigare Volant blend, Syrah, Albarino, Pigatto, and Sangiovese, as well as a dry and a sweet Riesling.  There are always things to do in Boony Doon.

Bonny Doon Vineyard Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Biodynamic Ag. Methods
Organic Grapes
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Gift Shop
"Green" Technology
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Bonny Doon Vineyard Reviews

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Fabulous food, unique local wines
grillgod, Milpitas
Top notch, you'll find some very unique white and red varietals, many local or Monterey County. Restaurant is outstanding but portions are small, however you save quite a bit buying the wine straight from the source.

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Got to Love It!
Boony Doon is a absolute great find of a winery. They produce wines with character at a good value and you feel like you are getting something special. Their new wine, Dewn, is a Barbera blend and is rich, supple and tasty. We love this place.

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Best Wines Around
Henry, Sacramento
Our group really loved these wines and the biodynamic story behind them. These folks take wine seriously and it it shows! Try their Rhone varietals or the blends. We recommend these wines and our group knows what they are talking about.

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Hip, Funky, and Great!
James, Sacramento
Located right in the redwoods this old wooden barn like building was a happening place when we visited. Lots of wine, laughter and good times. We really, really liked the Rhone wines and blends and bought a mixed case to take home. The people were cool and we will go back again.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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