The Petersen family began farming this area in 1908. Owner Will
Petersen's grandfather immigrated from Denmark and Germany and fell
in love with the land. Originally they planted Zinfandel and a
variety called "Burger." The family also planted apples, created a
dairy and raised chickens -- all the essentials of a working
Will Petersen was told by some "experts" that it was too cool to
grow grapes on his property. Fortunately, he didn't listen. He has
a 7.5-acre Pinot Noir vineyard, and a smaller 1.5-acre Pinot Noir
vineyard near his home.
The outlying area is in the Petaluma wind gap that is 10 to 15
degrees cooler than at the winery. We first used grapes from the
Petersen Vineyard in our 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir which
produced a wine with good acidity and bright fruit flavors.