A Love of Place
Topophilia is a brand built on the love of the land from which the grapes are grown, the community from which we belong, and the experiences that our customers share with their loved ones over a bottle of wine. Topophilia directly translates to “A Love of Place” and we show our love through our low impact approach to farming and winemaking. Utilizing organic and sustainable farming practices creates a healthy, balanced, and bountiful ecosystem in which our vines are grown and, in turn, creates the highest quality fruit from which our wines are made. These practices continue into the cellar where minimal intervention means you are enjoying the purest expression of the vineyard site and all it has to offer.Click on a vineyard to read more BACK TO MAP
I am honored to be continuing on the tradition of responsible, organic farming practices put in place by the Coats Family almost 20 years ago. The fruit here is farmed for outstanding rosé that is pressed whole cluster and tank fermented. Bottled in the Spring of 2020 after 6 month’s in tank, this rosé is a beautiful balance of mild raspberry, mouthwatering acidity, and chalky minerality.BACK TO MAP
The story of the Placida Vineyard begins many years before the vineyard was actually planted. In the late 1960’s and 70’s Joe Swan, founder of the famed Joseph Swan Vineyards only a few miles from Placida, brought cuttings from some of the best vineyards in Burgundy and began planting them on his estate vineyards. These cuttings developed into mature vines and were shared with famed Sonoma County grower, Chuy Ordaz.
Fast forward 30 years from when Joe brought those cuttings from Burgundy and tucked away on a small dirt road in the Russian River Valley is where you will find a small parcel of vines planted in the rich Gold Ridge Clay soils. These vines were planted by Chuy using the cuttings from the original Joe Swan vineyards and continue to produce world class wines.BACK TO MAP
This small vineyard located at the northern most edge of the Carneros AVA in Sonoma may not yield much in its ½ acre size, but is an integral part of our Carneros blend. Planted in 2001 in sandy-clay loam soils, this Clone 115 on 101-14 rootstock adds a lot of the backbone to our wine as well as dark black fruits and spice. This vineyard is tucked between two large stands of trees and tends to slowly ripen due to its minimal exposure to sunlight creating excellent flavor development. Farmed organically and with minimal intervention, the fruit from this vineyard truly showcases the site in which it’s grown.BACK TO MAP
Rocking K Vineyard
Planted in 1997, the Rocking K Vineyard holds a special place in my heart. Owners Bobby and Char Kiel gave me my first solo winemaking position after moving back from New Zealand for their aptly named Rocking K Vineyards. Now they are no longer making wine, I am keeping the Rocking K Vineyard alive in their honor. Planted on 101-14 rootstock in extremely tight spacing of 4’x4’, means all work is done by hand, as well as organically, without the aid of tractors. Meticulous farming brings forth the Pommard 5 Clone Pinot Noir’s dark fruit, earth, and spice to our Carneros blend. Although this vineyard is located less than a quarter mile from the Gardner vineyard, the vines are planted on soils containing much more rock and clay, as they are perched slightly above the surrounding vineyards.BACK TO MAP
The Gardner Vineyard is one of the largest vineyards I lease in Carneros and was planted in 2001. The Clone 114 Pinot Noir is on 5C rootstock in sandy-clay loam soils allowing for excellent drainage and for the vines to thrive. So much so that we hedge every year to slow down the ripening process. As with all the vineyards I farm, this vineyard is farmed with organic practices and alternating cover crops and compost applications to maximize soil heath.
This vineyard brings bright red fruits and lovely aromatics to our Carneros blend, as well as a lovely acid balance on the finish.BACK TO MAP