Sunny Slope Vineyard | Benziger Family Winery
Sunny Slope Vineyard

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 – combined 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.

Acres: 32
Year Planted: 1995-2008
Weather: Warmest Estate, Cold air blocked by Sonoma Mountain
Soil Type: Gravelly Clay, Loam
Grapes Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec
AVA: Sonoma Valley
Elevation: 300-500 ft
Clones: Cote, 337, 7, 181

Star

2015
Sunny Slope
Cabernet Sauvignon


94pts, Platinum
SD International Wine & Spirits Challenge

Star

2015
Etta’s Blend
Red Blend


California State Fair | Silver, 91pts
LA International Wine Competition | Gold, 90pts
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition | Gold

Star

2016
Sunny Slope
Cabernet Sauvignon


90pts
Wine & Spirits

Star

2016
Etta’s Blend


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

Challenge