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Scribe Winery has been turning heads in the wine world since opening in 2009. Owners, and brothers, Adam and Andrew Mariani are 4th generation farmers producing vibrant wines that express an unmistakable sense of place unique to Northern California, particularly Sonoma. The Mariani brothers grew up in Winters, California farming walnuts and almonds, and enjoyed it enough that they longed for a life in agriculture. After working at wineries in Europe, they came back to the U.S. to make wine from their own winery in Carneros.
In 2007, the Mariani brothers acquired a former turkey farm with 256 acres three miles east of the Sonoma Town Square in Carneros. Neighbor to Gundlach Bundschu, their property’s history dates back to 1857 when Emil Dresel and his brother Julius established the wine estate. (The Dresels may have planted the first Riesling and Silvaner in the U.S.) For the first few years, Adam and Andrew worked hard to restore and revitalize the estate. Mountains of debris, derelict sheds, invasive plants and acres of poison oak had to be torn out and discarded. New vines of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were planted. In addition, they planted Riesling and Silvaner, to respect the estate’s history. Today, a total of 35 acres are planted to vines. In addition to growing vines, Scribe has an acre of organic fruits and vegetables as well as an apiary to help pollinate everything. In addition to their estate vineyards, the Mariani brothers lease a vineyard in Napa Valley on Atlas Peak, which they call Scribe Outpost East.
The volcanic, ashy and mineral-rich soils of the cool-climate Sonoma region are ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The southwest border of Scribe's property marks the dividing line between the Carneros and Sonoma Valley viticultural appellations, while its northeast border sits on the Sonoma and Napa line. These man-made divisions were inspired by a natural transition between ecological communities. Scribe is an ecotone, a distinct microclimate created by the convergence of San Pablo Bay marine influence, Petaluma Gap winds and the steep herbaceous terrain of Arrowhead Mountain.
The Marianis believe that the best wines are the result of a healthy relationship between man and nature, and that a vineyard managed in harmony with the greater ecosystem results in more site specific, terroir driven grapes. They practice what they call "Forever Wild Farming," which aims to integrate their farming and the existent wild ecosystem. Biodiversity on the land improves the ecosystem health; the habitat becomes a corridor for beneficial insects and birds whose prey are common vineyard pests, thus alleviating the need for pesticides and fertilizers. Wild yeast is used for all fermentation.