Welcome to the Bennett Valley! Located about 45 miles north of San Francisco and snuggled between Taylor Mountain, Sonoma Mountain, and Bennett Peak, this quaint valley has a long history of farming and grape growing. Scroll down to learn about the history of our valley and the origins of winemaking in the valley.
the original Indian settlers were wiped out by small pox
Gold Rush brought many settlers, including James Bennett, for whom the valley would later be named.
The valley was flush with grapes and other agricultural products
Phylloxera, a virus affecting the rootstocks, destroys all the vines
Grape growing starts again
The Bennett Valley is officially declared an American Viticultural Area (AVA)
Founder Emilio Zanin purchases a 5 acre estate renaming it Marina’s Vineyard
Bennett Valley Cellars is born with the release of its inaugural Gold Medal Winning 2008 Vintage 6410 Pinot Noir
Co-Founder Luca Zanin purchases a 40 acre estate renaming it Simpatico Ranch