Valley of the Moon Winery
Valley of the Moon Winery has a long history of wine production in Sonoma County. In the 1863, George Whitman began planting grapes and built a winery on the property. At his peak, he was producing 50,000 gallons of wine and 2,000 gallons of brandy a year.
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Valley of the Moon vineyards were originally part of General Mariano Vallejo’s Aqua Caliente land grant. In 1863, George Whitman purchased part of the land and began planting grapes in the following years. 20 years later Eli T. Sheppard bought the property and named it Madrone Vineyards.
Senator George Hearst then acquired Madrone Vineyards before selling it to the Union Trust Company of San Francisco in 1905. The winery continued production until Prohibition was enacted. Louis Engel bought the land in 1922 and sold grapes to home winemakers under the Volstead Act.
The vineyards were neglected in the years following Prohibition. In 1941, Enrico Parducci and Peter Domenici rejuvenated the vines and expanded them to 380 acres. They were the first to name the property Valley of the Moon Winery. In 1997, Kenwood Vineyards bought the winery from the Parducci Family.
Valley of the Moon’s production is a great blend of tradition and innovation. They make several Sonoma County wines including Cuvee de la Luna (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot), Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc.