The Winery

Blessed by the sun 

The Ehret Family Winery is located in Sonoma County, California. The Ehret Family has developed a team with the focus of crafting great wines from our Ranch on the Bavarian Lion Vineyards in Knights Valley.

Long sun drenched growing days, and cool evenings provide structure and balance.  The soil composition is dominated by calcareous loam and clay soils.  Located at the foot of Mount Saint Helena, the unique micro climate and soil composition of our Knights Valley Ranch were clearly suited for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties.

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Grape Source

Ehret Family and their team source grapes from our Ranch on the Bavarian Lion Vineyards located at the foot of Mt. Saint Helena in Knights Valley. Knights 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 Knights 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.

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The Winemaker

Erin Green received a degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis. Following graduation, she worked at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Vinwood Cellars, and, in the early 1990s, was instrumental in the launch of the Napa Wine Company as Director of Winemaking. Erin assisted on several ultra-premium projects such as Bryant Family Vineyard, Colgin Cellars, Martinelli Winery & Vineyards, and Pahlmeyer. From 2000-2012 she became Winemaker and Director of Winegrowing at Pahlmeyer and made their critically acclaimed wines through the 2010 vintage. Green returned to Sonoma County to become Consulting Winemaker for Martinelli Winery and Vineyards. She joined Ehret Family Winery as a consultant winemaker in the summer of 2015.
 “We are quite honored to have Erin consulting with us to make outstanding wines from our estate Bavarian Lion Vineyards in Knights Valley,” owner Pierre Ehret remarked. “The exceptional 2015 wines truly showcase her talent and style.”