Many of the wineries in Sonoma are environmentally friendly, but Martorana takes its dedication to the environment even more serious than most. For this family it’s all about the habitat, and its restoration and preservation.
The wine producing of the Martorana family goes back to early the 20th century in northwestern Italy. The family continued their love of grapes into the United States and Gio and Tony Martorana are expanding the family legacy with the Martorana Family Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley.
Gio and Tony have been farming grapes since 1983. The winery itself opened in 2007, but the first vintage produced by Gio and Tony Martorana was released in 2005.
Three locations in both Dry Creek and Alexander Valley produce Martorana wine grapes over 55 acres. A portion of that property was once a Native American fishing village and Gio and Tony are dedicated to preserving that land as it should be, using sustainable farming methods, such as using compost to fertilize the farm. You will also find a green roof (planted with sedums) that saves electricity by eliminating the need for air conditioning. Advisors from Organic Ag help keep them to keep the land pesticide and chemical free.
You will not find a lot of wines at Martorana Family Vineyards. The idea is to make great wines with estate grown organic fruit. Their inventory is limited to an oaky, smoky, butter-filled Chardonnay (2009), an extremely fruity Zinfandel with a hint of green pepper (2007), a deep, rich Merlot (2007) and a Cabernet Sauvignon which benefits from a bit of merlot and syrah (2007).
The majority of the Martorana Family Wines are sold to club members. It is free to join so stop by or visit their website. If you have a chance to go there for a visit, but sure to also ask for a sample of their delicious olive oil. Also say hello to Sunny, the winery’s resident dog.