Benziger Family Winery


Sunny Slope Estate

Located in the eastern foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, in the Sonoma Valley, Sunny Slope Vineyard’s vines were planted in holes pick-axed out of fractured stone over 30 years ago.

The deep roots – a result of maturity and years of laboring for water – combine with the warm southwestern sun exposure, produce thick-skinned grapes which give us the concentrated flavors, inky color and extracted tannins that distinguish this vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc thrive in the rocky soil of the Sunny Slope Vineyard; as the vines expend most of their energy reaching deep into the ground for water, the vigor of the vine is held in check. This warm Glen Ellen location allows our grapes to grow to full maturity while maintaining a desirable low yield.



Year planted



Warmest Estate, Cold air blocked by Sonoma Mountain

Soil Type

Gravelly Clay Loam

Grapes Produced

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec


Sonoma Valley


300-500 ft


Cote, 337, 7, 181

2015 Sunny Slope Cabernet Sauvignon-

94pts, Platinum - SD International Wine & Spirits Challenge

2015 Etta's Blend-

90pts - California State Fair

2016 Sunny Slope Cabernet Sauvignon-

90pts - Wine & Spirits

2016 Etta's Blend-

95pts, Best Merlot, Platinum - SD International Wine & Spirits Challenge

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Check out this video for more shots of Sunny Slope Vineyard located just a few miles from the winery in Sonoma Valley.

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Here are a few of the wines Benziger produces from our Sunny Slope Vineyard.

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2016 Sunny Slope Cabernet Sauvignon

Framed with bold flavors on the entry, this luscious wine has concentrated aromas of black cherry, chocolate, and tobacco, while notes of cedar and cardamom spice are richly layered amongst dark fruit flavors.

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2015 Etta's Blend

The wine’s aromas show notes of chocolate and raspberries, sprinkled with violets and herbs. The palate is elegant and refined with fresh, forward fruit flavors backed by lightly grainy tannins.

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