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Regional Map / Russian River Watershed

SANTA ROSA/COTATI AREA

Windsor/Santa Rosa Map

This part of the Russian River watershed encompasses Bennett Valley east of Santa Rosa and agricultural lands around Cotati, Rohnert Park, Windsor, and Santa Rosa. This area includes both flat and hillside lands and often includes rural residents near to vineyards. Tributary creeks in this area include: Matanzas, Santa Rosa, Upper Mark West, Windsor, Poole, Copeland, Crane, Colgan, Hinebaugh, Spring, and Paulin creeks.

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The alluvial fan of Copeland Creek borders vineyards
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View of Sonoma Mountains
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The Metzger Winery photographed here in 1885 was located in the Rincon Valley area, now an urban neighborhood


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Certified

Rodney Strong Vineyards - Bynum Vineyard/Front Gate/ Backbone and Chalk Hill Vineyard
The vineyards on these two sites are managed with the environment in mind. Soil is protected with cover crops to improve water quality. The riparian corridor of Windsor Creek is planted with native plant species once invasive non-native species are removed. Visit www.rodneystrong.com

Other Rodney Strong sites: : Hubbard, Bellotti, Bridge, Piccolo, Pine Flat, Rockaway, and Wild Oak Ranches in Alexander Valley section River East Ranch in the Healdsburg section.

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A small creek on the Bynum Vineyard site

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Bastoni Vineyards
This 30-acre site has had vineyards since 1906 when the Bastoni family planted zinfandel and built a winery. Owner Russ Messana is enhancing the riparian corridor of his seasonal creek by eradicating invasive non-native blue periwinkle and Himalayan blackberry, and replanting with native trees. Visit www.hoh.org.

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Old vine in the Bastoni vineyards

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Chelli Vineyard
This family farm of 12 acres includes "old" vine zinfandel planted in the late 1800s and farmed by the Arata family from 1906. The Chelli family purchased the vineyard in 1976 and manages the site with cover crops and low-chemical usage.

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Judge Family Vineyard
This farm, owned by the Judge Family, includes 9.5 acres of vineyard. Several seasonal creeks that feed into Matanzas Creek, a tributary of the Russian River, are protected as open space.

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Bennett Valley supports a number of small holdings planted to vineyards

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Porte Cochere Vineyard
This family vineyard is 5 acres in size and has a home winery. Dick Youngs has been the owner for the past 15 years and manages the site to protect soil and the adjacent seasonal creek.

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Coster Family Vineyard
This 10-acre site in the Windsor Creek watershed is owned and managed by Susan and Kenneth Coster, who have worked to remove non-native invasive plants and replant with native species along Starr Creek.

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The Coster vineyard

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Beringer Vineyards—La Petite Étoile Vineyard
This 42-acre site covers rolling hills separated by several ephemeral creeks in the Windsor Creek watershed. Vineyard manager Scott Bauer uses soil conservation practices to protect water quality in the creeks. Visit www.beringer.com.

Other Beringer sites: Asti Ranch and Bauer Ranch in Alexander Valley section, Foote Ranch and Knights Valley ranch in Knights Valley section

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Hummingbird Hill Vineyard
This 20-acre site includes additional soil conservation measures to protect water quality.

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Enrolled

Dry Stack Vineyard
This site borders Matanzas Creek and only half of the property is farmed for winegrapes. Visit http://www.drystackvineyard.com

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Alpine Ranch
This 238-acre site has been farmed in orchards and vineyards for over 70 years. The current owner is pursuing organic certification.

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Sonoma Foothills
This 108-acre site in the Windsor Creek watershed area has a number of ephemeral creeks. These creeks will be revegetated with native willows to reduce bank erosion.

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Vivio Vineyards
This site in the Matanzas Creek watershed protected creeks and springs when the vineyard was developed.

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Balletto Vineyards
Owner John Balletto and his family protected the valley oaks on this site when the land was planted in  vegetables; as the land has gradually been converted to winegrape growing both soil and water conservation have increased greatly. Visit www.ballettovineyards.com.

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DeLoach Vineyards and Winery
This site in the Windsor Creek watershed uses cover crops to protect soil. DeLoach vineyards are certified organic and are converting to biodynamic farming practices. Visit www.deloachvineyards.com.

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