Vineyards
& Viticulture

Our viticulture philosophy is based on low-input sustainable agriculture (LISA), using hand-farming techniques that include organic and biodynamic practices. With an unwavering respect for the unique terroir of this place, Javier Aviña has managed the vineyards at Peter Michael Winery since 1991, using minimally invasive methods that steward and protect the soil, water, and wildlife of this extraordinary piece of land.

Estate vineyards
  • Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley 131 acres planted to red and white Bordeaux varietals and Chardonnay
  • Seaview, Sonoma Coast 30 acres planted to Pinot Noir
  • Oakville, Napa Valley 18 acres planted to red Bordeaux varietals
Sourced vineyard
  • Pisoni Vineyards, Monterey County 4. 5 acres planted to Pinot Noir

Ma Belle-Fille

Knights Valley, Sonoma County
21 acres
Chardonnay
Ma Belle-Fille

Translated from the French: my daughter-in-law

Planted

  • 1999

Chardonnay clonal selections

  • Calera
  • Mount Eden
  • Hudson
  • Hyde

Elevation

  • 1,700–1,900 feet

Soil

  • Rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite

Exposure

  • South - southeast

Notes

  • Highest vineyard, full exposure, marine influence, earliest ripening Chardonnay fruit.

Wines produced from the Ma Belle-Fille Vineyard

Belle Côte

Knights Valley, Sonoma County
15.5 acres
Chardonnay
Belle Côte

Translated from the French: beautiful slope

Planted

  • 1990

Chardonnay clonal selections

  • See
  • Old Wente
  • Rued

Elevation

  • 1,700–1,800 feet

Soil

  • Rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite

Exposure

  • South - southeast

Notes

  • Thicker soils; cooler via elevation, easterly exposure and trees on western border, slow ripening, longer growing season.

Wines produced from the Belle Côte Vineyard

Mon Plaisir

Knights Valley, Sonoma County
14 acres
Chardonnay
Mon Plaisir

Translated from the French: my pleasure

Planted

  • 1999

Chardonnay clonal selection

  • Old Wente

Elevation

  • 1,400–1,800 feet

Soil

  • Rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite

Exposure

  • Southeast

Notes

  • Thick soils, full sun, low yields.

Wines produced from the Mon Plaisir Vineyard

La Carrière

Knights Valley, Sonoma County
17 acres
Chardonnay
La Carrière

Translated from the French: the quarry

Planted

  • 1994

Chardonnay clonal selections

  • See
  • Dijon
  • Hyde

Elevation

  • 1,200–1,700 feet

Soil

  • Rocky, volcanic-origin Rhyolite

Exposure

  • South - southeast

Notes

  • Tremendously rocky/shallow soils, 40% +slope, ideal exposure, excellent drainage, low fertility leading to low yields and grapes with concentrated flavor.

Wines produced from the La Carrière Vineyard

Seaview

Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
26 acres
Pinot Noir
Seaview

Planted

  • 2006
  • 100% Pinot Noir

Elevation

  • 1,000–1,500 feet

Soil

  • Rocky alluvial sediments, decomposing volcanic material, clay

Exposure

  • East and northeast

Notes

  • Located on the first ridgeline from the coast; bordered on the east by the Gualala River.

Wines produced from the Seaview Vineyard

Les Pavots

Knights Valley, Sonoma County
64 acres
Red & white Bordeaux varietals
Les Pavots

Translated from the French: the poppies

Planted

  • 1989–1999
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sémillon

Elevation

  • 900–1,400 feet

Soil

  • Rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite

Exposure

  • Southerly

Notes

  • Rocky, perfectly drained soil couples with an ideal south-facing exposure and just enough heat to allow Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen perfectly.

Wines produced from the Les Pavots Vineyard

Pisoni

Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County
4.5 acre portion of Pisoni Vineyards
Pinot Noir
Pisoni

Planted

  • 1991
  • 100% Vosne-Romanée

Elevation

  • 1,300 feet

Soil

  • Decomposed granite

Exposure

  • East and northeast

Notes

  • Undulating east-facing slopes with a cool maritime influence, specific vineyard blocks farmed to our specifications.

Wines produced from the Pisoni Vineyard

Au Paradis

Oakville, Napa Valley
18 acres
Red Bordeaux varietals
Au Paradis

Translated from the French: in Paradise or in heaven

Planted

  • 1984 and 2007
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot

Elevation

  • 500–600 feet

Soil

  • Rocky red boomer loam, weathered from volcanic rock, clay, silt, and sand

Exposure

  • South and southwest

Notes

  • Wonderful red Aiken soils of Oakville, ideal exposure

Wines produced from the Au Paradis Vineyard