From day one, Belden Barns has been about much more than just wine. When we set out to build our business, we envisioned a winery that would offer unique, hands-on opportunities to learn about both farming and making wine. We were tired of traditional tasting rooms and determined to bring people closer to the land through experiences that were meaningful, sustainable, and ultimately unforgettable. Enter the Farm at Belden Barns. Wine is best enjoyed with food after all, and we are excited about creating a family business and brand that celebrates the full diversity of agriculture.
The Farm at Belden Barns produces a wide array of fruits and vegetables with three and a half acres currently in cultivation. Fresh produce from the farm is sold to restaurants throughout the Bay Area, and farmers Jenny and Vince Trotter work closely with chefs to plan their crop mix. In the fields you’ll see everything from heirloom tomatoes and melons to asparagus and specialty greens, with a focus on delicious pantry goods, like heirloom beans, polenta and popcorn. The orchard includes over 25 varieties of apples, with fruit chosen specifically for hard cider, as well as 30 varieties of pears, plums, peaches, quince, lemons, limes and mandarins. With everything they grow, the emphasis is on unique varieties well-suited to the site and interesting to the palate, and the farm is committed to sustainable production methods that follow all organic principles and practices.
Our first vintage of hard cider from the orchard will be available this year, and livestock will be a part of the diversity of our landscape in the future. We are thrilled to have been recently approved for an on-site creamery!
Visitors to Belden Barns get the chance to learn about what is growing and how it is grown and take home delicious artisanal farmstead goods. Special farm tasting tours are available by appointment and during Belden Barn events.
Follow Jenny and Vince on Instagram @sonomamountainfarmers to see the beauty of the farm.