Watch as Mike Benziger chronicles the harvest of our estate valerian. Be sure to look for the special offer at the end that includes 20% off wine purchases (30% off for wine club members). This herb, Valeriana officinalis, has long been used as a medicinal herb. It is also an important part of Biodynamic farming here at Benziger Family Winery. Watch to find out how!
This amazing plant spends its whole life saving enough energy to produce this once-in-a-lifetime bloom. After it’s finished flowering it dies, and will be replaced by the progeny this bloom produces. Often refered to as a Century Plant, this furcraea is a member of the succulent family and will only live 10-50 years.
2010/2011 has been pretty wet and with the deluge we see lots of growth in the vineyard…it’s time to remove some of the shoots during this phase of winemaking!
This year has been an atypical summer in Sonoma County. With fog hanging long after noon, this year has been the coldest summer in forty years. Mike Benziger takes extreme measures to make sure he has the tastiest crop possible. Let’s just say 2010 is all about smart farming techniques.
Our herd of six Scottish Highlander cattle provides more than just organic manure; they bring a certain sense of peace and serenity to the vineyard.
Our sheep are not only cute, but they play a vital role in the removal of overgrown cover crop. They replace the need for mowing, disking, and spraying herbicides; they aerate the soil while continuously depositing nutrient rich fertilizer throughout the vineyard.
Produced for Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, on PBS.
Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award Winner, Best TV Food Series
Director: Abby Russell
Mike Benziger shows us how he manages beneficial insects on his Biodynamic vineyard.
Mike Benziger shows the water recycling system at Benziger Winery.