Ehret Family Winery

Sonoma, United States

Ehret Family Winery is the creation of husband and wife team, Pierre and Susan Ehret. The winery, located in the highly esteemed Knight's Valley in Northern Sonoma County, hand crafts small lots of award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and a red meritage blend from the winery's estate Bavarian Lion Vineyard.

Pierre Ehret is the owner of Sonoma County's renowned Flamingo Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Santa Rosa, California. Between his ownership of the hotel and his upbringing in Germany, Pierre developed an appreciation and understanding of fine wines, both domestic and European. That appreciation led to establishing the Bavarian Lion Vineyard in Knights Valley which has sold its grapes to such notables as Beringer Winery, Adobe Road Winery, and Cakebread. From there, his appreciation led Pierre down an obvious path and Ehret Family Winery was born.

Knight's Valley, on the northeastern side of Sonoma County, is the warmest official AVA in the county. It is situated in the saddle of the Vacas Mountain range between the northern end of Napa Valley and the southern end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Originally carved by the Russian River as it wended its way through both Sonoma County's Alexander Valley and Napa Valley, the volcanic activity and the creation of Mount St. Helena turned the river west, and raised Knight's Valley floor, thus protecting the region from Pacific Ocean influences more than other Sonoma County AVAs. The unique, warmer climate, slightly higher elevation, and the volcanic soils all combine to create ideal conditions for growing cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, and petite verdot - the famed red wine grapes of Bordeaux.