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    Windsor, CA 95492
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Our Process

Sonoma-Cutrer has always sought harmony with our environment and perfection in every step of our process — something you will find within each bottle.

See Our Tradition in Action


The life of our wines begins even before the first bud appears on the vine. Life for our vintages begins with a marriage of soil, climate, and topography known simply as terroir. Many vines can grow from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast terroir, but only our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can truly flourish and provide our signature wines with this individual provenance.


Like our terroir and locale, the harvest process at Sonoma-Cutrer vineyards is as unique as the flavors produced by our master artisans. Our harvests take place at night or in the early morning hours, when the cool temperatures take over the heat of the sun. A true blend of tradition and innovation, the grapes are hand picked before entering a modern cooling tunnel.

Our Cooling Tunnel & Press

This one-of-a-kind cooling tunnel holds the grapes at a consistent temperature of 50°F which preserves a natural acidity and reduces oxidation. After passing through the tunnel, the grapes are again hand sorted to ensure quality before pressing. In order to avoid bitter tannins found in grape skins, stems and seeds, our fruits are pressed slowly, and as a whole cluster. Juice is allowed to settle naturally for at least 24 hours and yeast is added before being housed in French oak barrels to finish the maturation process.

Grand Cru Barrels

Strong relationships are the pillar of sustainable winemaking practices. Our artisans have worked with the same foresters and tonnelleries for more than 30 years. To this day, they welcome us to France to walk through the forest where our barrels begin their journey. Built to exacting specifications from select trees, each barrel is the work of a master-craftsman.

Chardonnay Barrel Room

The Chardonnay barrel room is a 20,000 ft² facility dug into a hillside and is designed to replicate a French cave - complete with a bare earth floor. Temperature-controlled water flows through 24 miles of piping to create the consistent temperature and humidity needed for a slow, controlled maturation process, reminiscent of the Old World philosophy.

The Pinot Barn

Our Artisanal Approach

One of Sonoma-Cutrer's best-kept secrets is our separate Pinot Noir winery. Affectionately called the Pinot Barn, this facility represents our artisanal, hand-crafted approach to this varietal.

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Sonoma-Cutrer’s top priority is always to protect the health and wellness of our guests and employees. Our team has been actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, especially as it relates to Sonoma County, CA. We have decided to suspend all tours and tastings at Sonoma-Cutrer beginning March 14, 2020.

As we all navigate through this dynamic situation, our goal is to further minimize risk to our valued guests, employees and the potential spread of the virus to their families and communities. While we expect this disruption to our tours and tastings to be temporary, our closure will remain in place until this health emergency subsides and officials declare it safe to resume normal activity. 

In the meantime, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. You may contact our tasting room at (707) 237-3489 or [email protected]. For wine club questions, please call (707) 237-3498 or email [email protected]. We will be checking our phone messages and emails daily.

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