It takes a heart afire to nurture roots in rocky, sun-drenched soil through all forces of nature to a fruitful harvest. But to craft wines of uncommon character with a distinct sense of place commands the enthusiasm of an entire team devoted to a singular passion. At Benziger that team is a family, and their passion is Sonoma Mountain winegrowing.California’s Sonoma Valley is home to the Demeter-certified Benziger ranch, where the family is as attentive to the 30 acres of gardens, woodland, riparian areas, wetlands, cover crops and wildlife sanctuaries that comprise their 85-acre estate, as they are the 42 acres planted to winegrapes. The diversity of growing conditions on the Biodynamic ranch allows the Benzigers to micro-farm their vineyard for specific flavors. Each of the estate’s 29 blocks are picked, crushed and aged separately based on exposures, elevations, soil profiles, rootstocks and clones.Inspired by a deep and enduring reverence for the land, the Benzigers craft their certified Biodynamic wine Tribute from grapes nurtured on their family’s Sonoma Mountain estate. Winemaker Mike Benziger’s goal is a wine made from classic Bordeaux varieties that reveals a profound sense of place and the spirit of the winegrowing team.