Benziger Family Winery


de Coelo

Five miles from the ocean, between the small coastal towns of Bodega and Freestone lies de Coelo Vineyard. The property was virgin soil and we were recruited by the previous owners because of our Biodynamic farming practices. This vineyard experiences fog from the ocean and gets more rain than we are used to here in the Sonoma Valley.  Thus, the de Coelo vineyard is dedicated entirely to crafting Pinot Noirs with an authentic sense of place. The Sonoma Coast is experiencing the renaissance and wild west feel that occurred in Burgundy’s Cote D’Or during the 60s and 70s.

Using the Burgundian model for growing Pinot Noir, we farm individual blocks at de Coelo and produce three distinctly different Pinots from this property: Quintus, Terra Neuma and Arbore Sacra. We like to think of our wines from de Coelo as Pinot in 3D; the three dimensions being aromatics, flavor and texture. de Coelo is a Demeter-Certified Biodynamic vineyard.



Year planted



Cool Climate, High Rainfall Area

Soil Type

Goldridge Fine Sandy Loam, Kinman Loam

Grapes Produced

Pinot Noir


Sonoma Coast


400-600 ft


Calera, 828, 777, 115, 667

2012 Arbore Sacra Pinot Noir-

94 pts, Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast, 2014

2012 Quintus Pinot Noir-

GOLD, North Coast Wine Competition, 2014

2012 Quintus Pinot Noir-

93 pts, Wine Enthusiast, 2014

2012 Terra Neuma Pinot Noir-

92 pts, Wine Enthusiast, 2014

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These wines were Biodynamically grown at our Sonoma Coast de Coelo Vineyard in Bodega, California.

2012 de Coelo Pinot Noir, Arbore Sacra

Extravagant red fruit, ripe with black cherry, plum, and pomegranate. The long, weighty finish is a refreshing pause from life's daily affairs.

2012 de Coelo Pinot Noir, Terra Neuma

Experience a balanced mixture of cranberry and black fruit flavors with a light, sweet earth, leather and black tea plateau. A deeply smooth finish leaves you wanting another sip.

2012 de Coelo Pinot Noir, Quintus (SOLD OUT)

This Pinot is the epitome of levity. It possesses a nice melding of tannin and acid. Boasting cherry and raspberry flavors, what will be most notable is its impressive silky, satin-like texture.

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Due to the wildfires in Sonoma County, our Tasting Room in Glen Ellen is currently closed. We will re-open as soon as it is safe for our employees and guests to return. We hope to welcome you back as soon as possible.

Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by these devastating fires.