Anaba Wines… Wind Powered Wine!

Anaba Winery

Named for the rising winds that flow through its vineyards, Anaba Winery is itself on the rise. In 2010 and 2011, the winery was voted Sonoma Valley’s Best Boutique Winery by BEST OF Napa and Sonoma Valley’s magazine. Situated in Sonoma’s famous Carneros region, the winery has received gold medals for its Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Rhone-style Blends. According to owner John Sweazey, the winery’s anabatic winds cause the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, creating robust flavors and distinctive varietal characters.

The winery also leads the way with its use of alternative energy. In 2009, Anaba Wines installed a 45-foot Skystream 3.7 wind turbine and became the first winery in Northern California to utilize wind power. The turbine harnesses the anabatic winds and generates electricity for Anaba’s office operations, irrigation pumps, wine storage and tasting room. In 2010, the winery received the Sustainable North Bay Award from Assemblymember Jared Huffman. In 2013, the winery will install two more wind turbines and solar panels to support the creation of a new wine-making facility on the property. You can sample Anaba’s award-winning wines at their tasting room in the renovated 100-year-old farmhouse. Bring a picnic, enjoy the view or take some time to sit at the laptop that tracks the energy generated by the anabatic winds. Open seven days a week, from 10:30am to 5:30pm at 60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma. Buses, limousines and large groups (6 or more people), please call in advance. (707) 996-4188 •

 Story by Sarah Amador-Rusnak