Dehlinger Winery is located in the heart of its 45 acre vineyard on a ridge of red gravelly soil in Sonoma County's cool Russian River Valley. The alternating influences of California sun and fog from the Pacific Ocean 13 miles to the West create a hybrid climate favorable for hillside grape growing. Started by Davis-trained enologist Tom Dehlinger with the planting of the initial 14 acres of vineyard in 1975, the first vintages were made from purchased Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel grapes from other Sonoma County vineyards. From the start, the emphasis has been on small amounts of hand-worked, barrel-aged wines made with the aim of extracting, developing, and preserving the maximum flavor from the grapes. With the passage of time and the planting and maturing of all of the available acreage on the property, the focus is now entirely on Estate Grown wines. Annual production averages 7000 cases. Wines produced are Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.