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Knights Valley

Knights Valley Map

To the east of Alexander Valley lies Knights Valley directly beneath Mount St. Helena. This small valley, with its surrounding mountains and creeks, drains into Maacama Creek and the Russian River. Although named after Thomas Knight—a short-term resident in 1853—Calvin Holmes is a better known early resident. Holmes and his family purchased the valley in 1861, developed the town of Kellogg and built a large Victorian home that still stands. Ida Clayton Road was the original route from Knights Valley to the quicksilver mines in Lake County and where the notorious Black Bart robbed the stage for the mine payroll. Today Knights Valley supports winegrapes as well as cattle ranching. Tributary creeks in Knights Valley include: Bidwell, Kellogg/Redwood, McDonnell, and Briggs creeks.

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Mount St. Helena towers over Knights Valley
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Kellogg/Redwood Creek flows from the steep heights of Mount St. Helena, forming a large alluvial fan over the floor of Knights Valley
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Knights Valley in the late 1800’s
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The Ida Clayton Road led from Knights Valley to the quicksilver mining district.

 

Certified Sites

 


Certified Sites

Beringer Vineyards—Foote Ranch and Knights Valley Ranch
Foote Ranch is a 30-acre site managed by Beringer Vineyards and owned by the Foote family, descendants of Calvin Holmes. The vineyard is managed with no-till methods to protect water quality. Knights Valley Ranch encompasses 600 acres of the floor of Knights Valley, including the alluvial fan of Redwood Creek. Three creeks dissect the ranch and Beringer uses no-till methods to conserve soil and prevent sediment delivery to the creeks. This section of Redwood Creek provides passage for steelhead trout to spawning areas upstream. The alluvial fan is steep and made of cobble, gravel, and sand, which rapidly percolates storm water. Due to these physical features, alluvial fans are migratory channels and do not provide rearing or spawning habitat. Visit www.beringer.com

Other Beringer sites: La Petite Étoile  in the Santa Rosa section; Asti Ranch and Bauer Ranch in Alexander Valley section.

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Vineyard at Foote Ranch
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Lupine decorates the vineyards at Knights Valley Ranch

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Peter Michael Winery—Knights Valley Estate
This 605-acre site stretches from Highway 128 halfway up Mount St. Helena encompassing the historic town of Kellogg. The hillside vineyards are managed to conserve soil using cover crops. Kellogg Creek, a perennial stream supporting steelhead trout, flows through the ranch. The Michael family has planted thousands of native trees on the property and is working with the Fish Friendly Farming program to enhance steelhead habitat on Kellogg Creek. In 2007, Peter Michael Winery was given an award from FFF recognizing Outstanding Efforts in Stream Habitat Improvement and Restoration. Visit www.petermichaelwinery.com.  

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View of Knights Valley from the Peter Michael Winery vineyards
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The farm at Kellogg

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Lisa’s Vineyard
This 53-acre site is owned and managed by Lisa and Harvey Hoefer using organic methods. The terraced vineyard was redesigned and replanted to improve soil conservation.

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