Just as wine and food play a balancing act on the table,
so do they at our farm.
Our Winemaking Philosophy
We believe in our grapes and we don't feel the need to inoculate our fermentation with selected yeast or feed them with inorganic nutrients or overprotect them with large amounts of sulfur dioxide. We also believe that blending enhances a wine's balance and complexity which is why we planted grapes that have historically worked well together. This gives us the flexibility to adapt to a vintage's characteristics and deliver compelling wines year after year.
We are certified organic, and we believe in keeping the microflora and microfauna in our soils as well as our beneficial insects alive and striving. Roots and leaves need allies; they cannot do it alone in a sustainable way. We are not just growing plants; we are also supporting a whole ecosystem, and this takes time, experience, and dedication.
Organically Farmed Tastes Better
According to a January 2016 research study performed by the American Association of Wine Economists, “organic wines taste better”.
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Meet the Maker
Sebastien heads the wine program at Front Porch Farm, bringing his 26 years of experience working with Rhone varietals (he is French after all) and passion for natural winemaking to each and every vintage he gets his hands on. Sebastien creates wines that express the uniqueness of our vineyard sites, are food friendly, and that mirror our commitment to growing organic grapes of the highest quality.
The terroir at Front Porch is something to be experienced. Our red varietals are planted on south facing slopes, at times very steep, looking towards Fitch Mountain. The whites are planted on our cooler northeast facing exposures.
Front Porch Farm lies in the far northeastern reaches of the Russian River Valley. While the mornings here are quite cool, mid-day brings sun and warmth, and then, late afternoon winds roll through to quell the heat.
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Organic Since the Beginning
We think sustainable and conscious farming makes a huge difference. That’s why our vineyards are meticulously farmed and certified organic.