Bonny Doon

Bonny Doon

About Bonny Doon

Bonny Doon Vineyard is a celebrated winery located in Santa Cruz, California. Established in 1983, it’s known for its eclectic range of wines and innovative techniques. Renowned for their focus on terroir, the winery underscores the importance of vineyard location in contributing to a wine's unique characteristics.

The vineyard was started by the charismatic winemaker Randall Grahm. Born from his passion for wine and an inventive approach, Bonny Doon quickly gained an impressive reputation. Notable for its pioneering spirit, the vineyard was among the first to popularise Rhone varietals in California. Moreover, the winery captured public attention with its artistic, whimsical labels, mirroring Grahm's out-of-the-box approach to viniculture.

Another distinguishing aspect of Bonny Doon is its commitment to biodynamic farming, which involves strict farming methods intended to create a balanced ecosystem within the vineyard. Grahm’s ethos is strongly centred on sustainable farming as he believes it results in wines that truly reflect their terroir.

There is wide selection of wines to choose from, including creative blends and single varietal wines. The winery's most famous offering, Le Cigare Volant, is a harmonious blend that pays homage to the traditional wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône region.

Visitors are treated not only to top-notch wines but also to picturesque views of the sprawling vineyards against the backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Wine tastings are conducted in a lively yet relaxed atmosphere, ensuring guests have a memorable experience. Hospitality at the winery is both warm and knowledgeable, providing insights on the special characteristics of each wine being sampled.

In short, Bonny Doon Vineyard offers a thoughtful and unique approach to winemaking. Their dedication to environment-friendly farming, combined with their excellent variety of wines, ensures Bonny Doon stands out in the ever-growing Californian wine landscape. It is a must-visit destination for any wine enthusiasts seeking for a truly unusual and invigorating experience.

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