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.
The new year is shining with GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE on ALL 13 wines we submitted to the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The following received awards for:
• 2108 The Arsonist Red Blend
• 2017 Tinto Rey Super Tinto Red Blend
• 2020 Pillars of Hercules Red Blend
• 2020 The Arsonist Chardonnay
• 2020 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2020 Matchbook Chardonnay
• 2019 Matchbook Malbec
• 2018 Matchbook Petit Verdot
• 2020 Matchbook Petite Sirah
• 2021 Tinto Rey Rosé
• 2019 Tinto Rey Tempranillo
• 2019 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2020 Tinto Rey Verdejo
Come visit our tasting room to taste these award-winning wines!
Wines are available for purchase in our tasting room and on our online wine store.
It’s International Tempranillo Day! We’re celebrating with a SALE. Enjoy two of our bold, Spanish-style reds at a special price today (11/12/2020) only!
Tempranillo is a grape indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, you can find it planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough reason to celebrate.
Until recently, the entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. This noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils. Tempranillo today is grown in many countries including our very own Dunnigan Hills. And that’s why The Tapa Society (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society) established this yearly celebration – International Tempranillo Day. (via Tapa Society)
Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo
SALE: $13 • Regular: $15.99
Spain meets California in our Tinto Rey Tempranillo. Spicy old-world flavors play nicely with the bright juiciness of Dunnigan Hills fruit. Buy Now »
Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Super Tinto Red Blend
SALE: $16 • Regular: $21.99
We chose the most flavorful lots of Estate Grown Tempranillo, Graciano, Tannat and Petit Verdot to create this unique Dunnigan Hills blend. There is a lot going on in this complex red with flavors that keep unfolding with each sip. Buy Now »
The 2017 Tinto Rey Rosé is an estate bottled blend of Tempranillo, Tannat and Verdejo. The color is a beautiful rose petal pink with alluring aromas of perfume, watermelon and white nectarine that just beg you to take a sip. Fresh stone fruit flavors on the palate are balanced by crisp acidity. Pleasing flavors of white peach and Rainier cherry lead to a delightfully long finish with just a hint of peach pit.
A perfect way to toast the holidays or bring in the new year. Purchase online or in the tasting room today!
Our 2014 Tinto Rey Super Tinto Red Blend received 90 POINTS in Wine Enthusiast’s April 2017 issue. The review highlights the wine’s “Deep color, bold fruit aromas and substantial, spicy flavors.” Please click here for the full review or click here to purchase a bottle.