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“Healing the planet through agriculture”

Biodynamic® Product Spotlight

Preston Farm and Winery

"We do it organically with machines and biodynamically with muscle, the old way" according to Lou Preston. 

While many Biodynamic wineries are also polyculture farms growing many more crops than just wine grapes, Preston Farm and Winery is in a class by itself when it comes to the diversity of crops and products grown and made on the farm. There is no better example of this than their highly prized bread, created from grains literally growing between the rows of grapevines, and baked in their wood fire adobe oven that was made almost twenty years ago from clay sourced from the estate.

Lou and Susan Preston started Preston Farm & Winery 45 years ago, and it is still very much a family operation. But while most wineries are monocultures- just concerned with growing wine grapes and making wine- Preston has evolved from an emphasis on wine alone to diversified crops including vineyards, vegetables, fruit and olive trees, and heirloom grains. Their grains include blue durum, red fief, rye, barley, Indian Jamu and spelt. Preston also has pastured livestock, and when we say livestock, we mean the most adorable and crowd-pleasing pigs, goats, and chickens, not to mention a number of very well-fed cats.

Preston is located in Dry Creek Valley, one of five appellations surrounding Sonoma County CA's darling town of Healdsburg. A favorite with wine tourists, the estate winery features a tasting room, farm store, and of course bakery. In addition to wine and bread, other products available for purchase at the farm store and also the Healdsburg Farmer's Market include estate-pressed olive oil and cured olives, pickles, eggs, and produce. Visitors are encouraged to picnic in the gardens and to enjoy the farm property. Preston Vineyard and Winery truly exemplifies the philosophy and principles of closed system farming that is helping to heal our planet, and its people, through agriculture!