Last year, the wife and I made our rounds throughout Sonoma and Napa. The week leading up to our trip, we met at a local wine store in Northern Virginia, Dan Zepponi who is the Proprietor of Valley of the Moon. Dan and I had a conversation about the new life that he plans on breathing into Valley of the Moon, so we had to make it a point to visit while in the valley. I put together a piece late last year on AmericanWineryGuide covering our trip to the winery. Enjoy!
“We decided to venture out to Valley of the Moon after visiting Ram’s Gate and Buena Vista. Historically speaking, Valley of the Moon has winemaking roots that stem from the mid-1800s (1863 to be exact) when George Whitman planted the initial 60 acres of vines and began producing close to 50,000 gallons of wine and 2,000 gallons of brandy. Like any business venture, things happen in life, and the property changed hands from Whitman to Eli T. Sheppard whom was responsible for building the first of the two wine caves and renamed the winery in 1887 to Madrone Vineyards. After changing hands a couple more times prior to prohibition, the property was revitalized in 1941 when Italian sausage makers, Enrico Parducci and Peter Domenici, purchased it and renamed the estate Valley of the Moon. From that point in time until 1997, Valley of the Moon remained in their families producing quality wine before it was purchased by neighboring Kenwood Vineyards/F. Korbel & Bros. and completely revamped.
Now with Sonoma native Dan Zepponi moving the ball up the field, Valley of the Moon and its 150 years of history is as strong as ever.” (READ MORE)
” As we exited the car and made our way to search for the entrance, we realized there was an additional building to the right that serves as the barrel and tasting room.
The barrel room has a pointed roof with dark, wooden siding, stone wall foundation, and an enormous, gorgeous wooden, almost castle like, door. As we peaked to the right of the building, we noticed a garden-style patio surrounded by wine grapes. Inside, the open floor plan offers plenty of space, and a long, modern-looking tasting bar runs almost the entire length of the tasting room. The front of the bar is decorated with quilt-style grids of rustic looking metal bolts, while the stone-topped bar and the rear of the tasting bar wall show rustic exposed brick. The tasting room also provides tables for guests to sit and enjoy their wine.
Cutting through the center of the room were long runs of Valley of the Moon wine for sale, and there was also various Valley of the Moon swag available. ” (READ MORE)
“After quite a bit of exposure to the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, I was ready to jump feet first into their reds – beginning with their 2010 Estate Bottled Barbera. A clash of black cherry and licorice meet on the nose and are followed by layer upon layer of smooth, spice-wrapped black cherry, sweet tobacco, leather, vanilla, and toasty oak flavors. Silky smooth tannins place the bow on top of the wrapping paper of this gem and earned a purchase from us without even blinking. We move on to a very interesting blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Barbera called The Bough Blend from the 2010 vintage ($45). Cedar-lined, dark fruit wafts up, while dark fruit, dark chocolate, and toasty oak finish off the sip with just a hint of clove. Overall, a very unique blend, but one that also earned a trip back to the East Coast with us.” (READ MORE)
Valley of the Moon Winery
777 Madrone Rd
Glen Ellen, CA 95442