Donum is at the intersection of fine wine, sustainable farming and art that connects a global community. This delicate balance starts with the vitality of the land. Donum’s biodynamic and organic farming practices create growing environments in which its vines can thrive and produce the highest-quality fruit possible. As a result, Donum single-vineyard wines reflect an energy and complexity that shape the character and quality of some of most celebrated regions in Northern California including the Russian River Valley, Carneros and Anderson Valley.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the Donum Estate vision—Donum, in fact, is Latin for Gift of the Land. We work with nature, not against it, to create an environment where the vines thrive and produce the highest-quality fruit possible—with as little intervention as possible. By learning from the land and giving it what it needs, and being proactive rather than reactionary, we are always looking for new ways to incorporate sustainable farming methods across our vineyard operations. We’ve adopted the core principles of regenerative farming as well, including composting, biochar, and livestock integration. All four of our Estate vineyards in Carneros, Russian River Valley, and Sonoma Coast are certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farming (CCOF) organization.
Donum Estate was founded in 2001 on 190 acres of idyllic, rolling hills in Carneros, and initially planted to about 65 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today it is home to 91 planted acres, while Donum has expanded to encompass three other Estate vineyards. Ferguson Vineyard, just around the corner on Ramal Road and planted to 30 acres is one of the oldest vineyards in Carneros, originally planted in 1974. The Winside Vineyard sits in the heart of the Russian River Valley region, and is planted to 16 acres. Finally, our newest acquisition is a spectacular site in the hills above the town of Bodega, just a few miles from the ocean, and will be planted to 18 acres in 2020 and 2021. Explore our vineyards below.
Experimenting with pushing quality in all areas of the vineyards, the Donum winemaking team has developed an intimate knowledge of each micro-terroir that has driven them to produce small-lot, limited-production wines to fully express the nuances and complexity of those micro-terroirs. The Donum winemaking team’s intuitive style results in beautifully balanced terroir-driven wines.
While we’ve been practicing organic methods at the farm since 2015, we have since discovered new ways to bring the land into an even more perfectly balanced state by using biodynamic processes. These hold true to organic methods, but take things a step further by accounting for the natural rhythms of the land. We’re constantly experimenting with greener ways to make our olive oil and tend to the vast lavender fields surrounding the vineyards—all based on cues from nature.