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.
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.
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.