Bennett Valley Wine Country
The climate of Bennett Valley Wine Country is cooler than many other Sonoma County wine regions. Matanzas Creek runs through a canyon to the west, eventually joining the Russian River. This opening allows coastal wind to enter Bennett Valley and moderates temperatures.
The terrain of Bennett Valley Wine Country encompasses the Matanzas Creek watershed. The soils are primarily volcanic, but the valley floor has a lot of alluvium from the surrounding hills. Soils are well-drained and encourage deep root systems in Bennett Valley vineyards.
The wine region is named after its first settler, James N. Bennett. The modern history of Bennett Valley winemaking did not begin until 1975, when Matanzas Creek Winery planted a 20 acre vineyard. There are currently 650 acres of vineyards in Bennett Valley’s wine country. In 2003, the Federal Government recognized the region’s unique characteristics when it made Bennett Valley an official AVA.
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