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Benzinger Family Wineries
It is a combination of appreciation for family and respect for the land that allows Benziger Family Winery to craft wines that fully express where they come from. In each sip one can taste Sonoma County.
Much of the distinct flavor of Benziger wines is owed to its everlasting commitment to environmentally friendly practices. At Benziger there is a three tier farming system: certified sustainable, organic, and Biodynamic. By 2000 all four of their Sonoma County estate vineyards were certified Biodynamic. This highest form of organic farming is a holistic approach to agriculture that not only eliminates chemicals, but also takes into account all forces of nature that affect the vine. Biodynamics stresses the importance of a self-sustaining ecosystem in which all living things on the estate are connected.
Benziger has been recognized in the community for its continued environmental efforts. They were featured in Wine Spectator magazine as a Green Revolutionary and also selected as Sunset magazine’s first-ever “Green Winery.” Benziger was the first in Sonoma County to qualify for Bay Area Green Business Certification, and was also voted “Sonoma Valley Business of the Year” for their community and environmental leadership.
With such environmentally advanced principles, it may come as a surprise that the Benziger family has been making wine in Sonoma for over 25 years. Mike and Mary Benziger first purchased the land in Glen Ellen, California with the help of Mike’s father Bruno, a wine and spirits importer from New York. Soon after Bruno and his wife Helen, along with their two youngest children, Chris and Kathy, moved out west. It wasn’t long until the rest of the Benziger clan followed suit. Today, more than two-dozen Benzigers live on or near the estate in Sonoma County.
Like the Benziger family, their wines come from strong, healthy roots. “Benziger is a winery defined by family, passion, and enthusiasm,” says Chris Benziger. Clearly, this passion is nourishing the land so it in turn provides for strong, satisfying wines.
This article has been provided compliments of Touring & Tasting magazine.