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

2015 de Coelo Quintus Pinot Noir-

92pts - Wine Enthusiast

2016 de Coelo Arbore SacraPinot Noir-

92pts - Wine & Spirits

2016 de Coelo Terra Neuma Pinot Noir-

96pts, Double Gold, Best of Show - International Women's Wine Competition

2016 de Coelo Quintus Pinot Noir-

Gold Medal - SF Chronicle Wine Competition

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

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2015 de Coelo Quintus Pinot Noir

The 2015 Quintus is chock full of red fruits like cherry, pomegranate and raspberry, and most notable is its impressive silky, satin-like texture.

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2016 de Coelo Arbore Sacra Pinot Noir

Born with a vibrant energy, this wine is powerful yet elegant. Big, bright red fruit is apparent not only on the nose but on the entry. Smooth tannins slide across the tongue, livening the mid-palate for an electric finish.

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2016 de Coelo Terra Neuma Pinot Noir

Terra Neuma has a soft, round entry which carries through the palate giving the wine a polished mouthfeel. This Pinot is chock full of lush, red fruit essences that are entwined in fresh, spicy tobacco and chalky mineral nuances.

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2016 de Coelo Quintus Pinot Noir

Intense red fruit and spice characteristics with notes of sweet earth, tea, and chocolate. Hints of minerality and chalky tannins are woven throughout the wine.

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