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When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named after St. Francis of Assisi, protector of the natural world, and in honor of the Franciscan order, thought to be the first to bring European grape cultivation to America.

St. Francis currently has 600 acres under vine in Sonoma County, with many partnerships with other vineyards in the area, including Rockpile Vineyard, Amman Ranch, Leras Ranch, and Pagani Ranch. Each of their wines are produced from 100% hand-picked Sonoma fruit, but that’s not enough to produce such bold, full-bodied wines. It is the hard work of Tom Mackey, Director of Winemaking, and the other winemakers at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards that allows these great wines to be produced, year after year.
– Description from Kyle Graynor

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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, produces big, bold, full-bodied wines that deliver on flavor. Each wine is produced from 100% hand-picked Sonoma County fruit and is a direct expression of our winemaking philosophy of “maximum extraction, minimal intervention". In 1971, Joe Martin, a San Francisco businessman and his wife Emma purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, located in the historic town of Kenwood. In 1979, after several years of growing and selling grapes to local wineries, the decision was made by Joe and partner Lloyd Canton to build their own winery. St. Francis Winery was established and christened after St. Francis of Assisi, in recognition of the Saint’s role as a protector of the natural world and as acknowledgment of the Franciscan order, believed to have been the first to bring European grape cultivation to the new world. St. Francis Winery’s commitment to intensely flavored and complex wines begins in the vineyard. It is for that reason that Sonoma County, with it rich variety of interwoven soils, elevations and microclimates was chosen as home to St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. Sonoma County has provided a “terroir tapestry” of rich soils and amazing wine growing capabilities. Each of the estate vineyards has a different microclimate, all part of the Sonoma County macroclimate that is so superbly suited to the growing of wine grapes. St. Francis firmly believes in the power of terroir and is committed to nurturing superlative grapes in the right place to let their natural qualities shine. Tasting Room Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. – Description from Nerevar

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