Maybe you’ve noticed the sheep. Or you’ve seen the carpet of green grass, peas and flowers blanketing the vineyard floor.
Both are evidence of Matchbook’s conversion from conventional farming to regenerative and organic. Three years into this project, our sustainable efforts have been recognized by Project Harvest’s California Rules Sustainable Winegrowing certification on the 400 acres of estate vineyards.
The California Rules Certified Green seal signifies a third-party audited commitment to farming that is environmentally and socially responsible while also being economically viable. This credential is just the first step in our mission to become certified organic and regenerative.
While the winery’s initial goal of improving vine health through regenerative farming was to increase the quality of our Estate Bottled wines, “The environmental benefits are now as big a focus,” says John Giguiere, owner of Matchbook Wine Company. The prolonged drought and rising costs make the move to regenerative agriculture more important. Cover crops, grazing sheep and compost teas have eliminated the need for synthetic fertilizers, created a carbon sink and increased the water-holding capacity of the soil.
“It’s been invigorating to take on this large and very important project at this stage of our careers,” Giguiere continues. “Reversing 40 years of farming philosophy is not easy, but we see the need to reduce our farming inputs and water usage while increasing quality and profitability. Sustainable and regenerative agriculture is a win for both the farmer and the environment.”
The California Rules Certified Green Sustainable Winegrowing seal will be added to Matchbook’s estate grown wines beginning with the 2022 vintage.
Introducing Black’s Station 2017 Chardonnay, now with a newly designed label by internationally recognized illustrator and scratchboard artist, Steven Noble. Matchbook Wine Company is excited to be part of Noble’s list of high caliber clients such as Coors, Exxon-Mobil , JP Morgan and Mercedes-Benz. We hope you enjoy the new vintage and new look of Black’s Station. Available now in our wine store, click here to buy!
ABOUT BLACK’S STATION
Back in the 1800’s … Due east of Napa, tucked away in northern California’s rolling Dunnigan Hills, is a little town called Zamora. Back in the late 1800’s, folks used to call it Black’s Station. At its height, this hub founded by J.J. Black boasted a hotel, two stores, a jail, blacksmith shops and a town hall. Today we grow our grapes in Zamora and we’d like to think that the wines carry with them the character and frontier-style of the old town.
The review highlights the 2014 Black’s Station Red Blend as a substantial wine, from the dark, dark color to the ripe but dry fruit flavors….full bodied, hefty in mouthfeel, blending oaky spice accents with blueberry and blackberry flavors. We couldn’t agree more, this wine embraces the bold spirit of the pioneer town for which it is named. Click here for the full review.
Black’s Station 2014 Malbec and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon both received 88 POINTS from Tasting Panel Magazine.
88 POINTS – 2014 Black’s Station Malbec, Yolo County ($12) Dark and tangy with clean, juicy blackberry
fruit; fresh, simple and crisp. 85% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot
88 POINTS – 2014 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon, Yolo County ($12) Smooth and lush with tangy blackberry and spice; ripe, juicy and long with some sweet notes. 14% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot,
4% Petit Sirah, 1% Syrah
Please click here to see all the wines reviewed by Tasting Panel for the 2016 September/ October Issue.