Why We Make Wine
Secret Ravine Vineyards, LLC is a family owned company with
the objective of producing “Fine Wines from Locally Grown Grapes”, wines
that you would choose to enjoy with your evening meal. While achieving
this objective, our goal is to create an educational and relaxing venue
for you, our customer, which encourages repeat visits and inspires
further exploration of wines and wine grape growing.
Good wine comes from good grapes. So our principal focus is directed to
producing quality grapes from our vineyard and from those vineyards
owned by our friends and neighbors who, coincidently, share our interest
in quality wine and are within the Loomis Basin. Sustainable viticulture
practices are employed, that is, minimal use of artificial fertilizers,
insecticides, and traditional
cultural practices in favor of organic
materials, integrated pest management, and minimal cultural intrusion to
the environment. Our efforts are directed to maximizing the full varietal character and terroir of grapes whose origins spring from
regions similar to the Loomis Basin.
Making wine commercially calls for many skills beyond viticulture and
enology: business management, marketing and sales, information
management, finance and accounting, system and process engineering, to
name a few. Besides being skilled at wine consumption, the company
principals include a Manufacturing Engineer, an Accountant, an
Information Technologist, a Comptroller, and a retired Aerospace
Engineer and former University Professor, and a Human Resources Manager.
We decided that making good wine, from locally grown grapes, would
provide an educational opportunity for the company members, an
economically challenging and rewarding business, a beneficial and
satisfying life style, and a product which contributes to the health and
well being of our customers. We hope you will try our wines and find
that we have succeeded.
At Secret Ravine Vineyards we
practice sustainable agriculture where possible by composting vineyard
and winery material and returning it back to the soil. We have also
reduced the use of herbicides (weed control) with the help of 8 Baby
Doll Southdown sheep who graze, nap, graze some more and nap some more.
The addition of a solar system has reduced our energy consumption
drawing energy from the 251 sun filled days we are privileged to enjoy.