375 acres situated in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley,
our vineyards produce cool climate grapes widely recognized
as some of the finest in the world. Grape growers of
the early 1900's recognized the sites of our vineyards
as being uniquely suited for wine grape growing. Building
on their knowledge and experience, we have matched the
soil and climate of each parcel with the varietals most
likely to achieve its full potential.
PRESERVING OUR HOME
Hook and Ladder Vineyards and Winery is committed to keep
Sonoma County environmentally sound.
We do a number of environmentally friendly things
for no other reason than to preserve the county that is
Cecil and Christine De Loach have included 118 acres of
their vineyards properties in the Sonoma County Agricultural
Preservation and Open Space District. These properties include
an oak woodland, which unlike many parts of Sonoma County
are regenerating well. Along with our infant oak trees we
do not cut down healthy, mature oak trees, we simply make
them an integral part of our vineyards. A number of years
ago we started an oak tree nursery to provide an in-house
source of native oak trees to be used in our environmental
projects (learn more).
In dealing with the animals that share vineyard
land with us we have implemented a number of creative and
environmentally conscious techniques such as barn owl boxes
and raptor perches which promote natural predator-prey relationships
and reduce the need for environmentally harmful pest control
We practice integrated pest management and
use only the most environmentally safe chemicals, those that
kill the pest and do not affect any other life form .
Hook and Ladder Winery makes a special
effort to preserve our most important agricultural resource,
water. We are constantly vigilant of the creek, stream and
river ways and their ecosystem, never allowing the vineyard
edge to impose on them. We take steps to avoid the contamination
of waterways with soil, sediment, or pesticides.
and Ladder Winery has taken a number of steps not only
to preserve but also to promote the natural environment
of Sonoma County. Read more