At roughly 850 feet of elevation, the Pigasus Vineyard sits in both the Bennett Valley (southeast end) and the Sonoma Mountain AVAs (the western end). This family-owned property produces fine wine grapes including Assyrtiko, Chardonnay, Falanghina, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Vermentino, Cab Franc (coming soon), Merlot, and Syrah .
The Pigasus name was inspired by John Steinbeck’s personal stamp featuring a winged pig and the Latin phrase “Ad Astra Per Alia Porci” — or “to the stars on the wings of a pig.” Like many of Steinbeck’s characters, we too are “earthbound, but aspiring.” Our aspirations are simple: to grow the finest quality wine grapes and to work with winemakers who appreciate this special site.
The 15-acre vineyard is a beautiful rolling hillside plot with grape vines rooted in a well-drained mix of soils from sandy loam to clay loam, with moderate amounts of small volcanic rocks.. The climate is perfect: warm days and cool nights. We’ve long agreed with the adage that “wine is made in the vineyard.” You can’t make great wine without high quality fruit, and that’s what we strive to produce at the Pigasus Vineyard.
The vineyard was originally planted to Merlot in 2000. Over the years, certain sections were budded over to Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and our newest varieties: Assyrtiko, Falanghina and Vermentino. More recently, we have undertaken a replanting of the original merlot block which will soon be home to new blocks of Merlot and Cab Franc.