Anaba Wines Soar Using the Pacific Breeze In just a few years, Anaba Wines has blown away wine competition judges and thirsty guests who visit their wind-powered winery. BY TOURING & TASTING
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The exterior of Anaba Wines in Sonoma, California.
“ They began to harness it with the installation of a 45-foot Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, making Anaba the first winery in Northern California to use wind energy in the production of wine.”
Anaba (anna-ba) Wines, named for the anabatic winds that soar through its vineyards, creates elegant, classic wines borne by the wind. The 16-acre Sonoma, CA, estate sits in the western part of the Carneros appellation where cool Pacific breezes flow up its gently sloping vineyards—slowing down the ripening process and allowing the grapes to develop robust flavors and distinctive varietal characteristics.
Founders John and Kathleen Sweazey planned to start a winery and vineyard for decades before they started Anaba Wines. John first tried his hand at winemaking, learned production techniques in France, and decided that Sonoma County would be an ideal location. Besides being drawn to the relaxed, friendly nature of Sonoma’s farming community, he was delighted with the quality of Burgundian and Rhône variety grapes it offered.
John felt extremely fortunate when he met Jennifer Marion, a winemaker who was equally comfortable in the vineyard as in the winery. She joined Anaba Wines as director of winemaking and vineyard operations in 2007 and crafted the five wines of Anaba’s very first vintage—all of which received awards for excellence at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. With each subsequent vintage, Anaba Wines has further demonstrated the power of Jennifer and John’s collaborative spirit—and a wind, which cannot be ignored.
In fact, in late 2009, they began to harness it with the installation of a 45-foot Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, making Anaba the first winery in Northern California to use wind energy in the production of wine. The turbine generates enough power to run many things, including its renovated century-old farmhouse which now serves as a charming tasting room. Guests are welcome to sample Anaba’s exceptional wines there, or seated outside on a patio overlooking the rolling vineyard. They will enjoy a beautiful offering of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Rhône varietals, and Rhône-style blends—followed by a choice of three delectable dessert wines that each defines John’s dream and Jennifer’s perfect touch.
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