Flowers Vineyard & Winery is a Sonoma Coast wine estate specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is known for its maritime-influenced wines combining intensity of flavor with freshness and elegance. Single-vineyard releases like the Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and the Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir top the range, which also includes generic Sonoma Coast releases in both colors.
The estate was founded in 1989 when Pennsylvania nursery owners Walt and Joan Flowers bought 130 hectares (321 acres) of land on the northern Sonoma Coast. The Camp Meeting Ridge vineyard was planted gradually between 1991 and 1998, and now has 7 hectares (18 acres) of Chardonnay and 4.5ha (11 acres) planted to Pinot Noir. The Sea View Ridge Vineyard was planted between 1998 and 2004 and has a further 17ha (41 acres) of Pinot Noir and a tiny parcel of Pinot Meunier.
Flowers' vineyards are farmed sustainably and organically, with manual harvests in small bins in the early morning to preserve freshness. Grapes are hand-sorted at the winery, and the red wines undergo whole-berry fermentation in open top fermenters using wild yeasts. They are then aged for up to 16 months in small French barrels. The Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and aged in French oak.