Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Based in the Los Carneros and Stags Leap districts of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Robert Sinskey has grown his 100% organic and biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of premium vineyards over the past twenty-five years.

Founded on a conviction that artisanal winemaking begins with the care of the land, Robert, along with winemaker Jeff Virnig, quietly converted their vineyards to biodynamic practices beginning in 1991. Looking beyond the vineyard, the Sinskey estate has reduced its carbon footprint further, by generating 75% of the energy used at the winery through solar photovoltaic installations and the brewing of bio-diesel, made from used restaurant oil, to power machinery.

Robert Sinskey believes that the goals of making luxuriously elegant wines and farming with earth friendly methods are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, he has found that caring for the land and conscientious business practices have helped to define the well-crafted and characterful Robert Sinskey wines.

Robert and Jeff approach the cellar as purists, to craft wines that are true and pure. The guiding principle that “wine is not an athletic event” has allowed the wines of Robert Sinskey Vineyards to stay true to vineyard and variety. Elegance over brawn has always been the house style and the estate does not submit wine for review by score-centric critics; because to taste wine in a competitive atmosphere, without food on the table, encourages wines that shout, ignoring subtle wines of balance, finesse and elegance... the attributes that define the fine wines of Robert Sinskey Vineyards.

Robert Sinskey’s wife, Maria Helm Sinskey, is the winery’s resident chef and her influence is clearly expressed in the wines, which are indisputably food-friendly.

Perhaps the Robert Sinskey winery’s ethos is best summarised in Maria’s mantra:

"Eat seasonally, drink good wine and live a long and prosperous life."

Robert Sinskey's vineyards are certified by C.C.O.F. - California Certified Organic Farmers. Due to the fee structure of Demeter USA, the estate no longer uses the trademarked words “Demeter” or “Biodynamic” as of the 2012 vintage - no matter, Robert Sinskey Vineyards has not changed its farming philosophy.

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