Beltane Ranch sustainably farms 25 acres of heritage vineyards in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Pioneer viticulturist John Drummond first planted this storied site in the 1870’s, experimenting with numerous varietals and grafting with cuttings from four Bordeaux Chateaus. Our responsible farming practices, unique volcanic soil, location with soft west-facing slope, cool mornings and warm afternoon sun all work together to shape grapes that embody the uniqueness of Beltane Ranch.
The Heins Block is named for our great great aunt and uncle who farmed the property in 1930’s and 1940’s. It is defined by a dry-stack fieldstone wall, and is comprised of shallow, cobbly, volcanic soil with a defined ash layer. The wall led from John Drummond’s Dunfillan Winery to the ranch’s own station on the Southern Pacific Rail Line, from which he began shipping award-winning wines in the 1870’s , including California’s first commercially bottled Cabernet.
The Drummond Block is located across the creek on a gentle slope overlooking the heart of Sonoma Valley. Clone 1 sauvignon blanc vines planted in 1983.
Additional blocks are farmed for client winemakers including Bibiana Gonzalez Rave Pisoni and Duckhorn Vineyards.
We encourage you to explore our vineyard. In the center, surrounded by vines and alongside a seasonal creek, you’ll find a picnic table shaded by a 300 year-old Valley Oak Tree. Reserve a ranch-grown chef-packed picnic basket and enjoy it among the grapevines.