Olives going to Press!

After loosing our 2009 Harvest to an early frost, we are excited for our 2010 harvest to go to press on December 14th. We have 8 different old world varieties in our orchard, including some trees over 100 years old. They are extra virgin pressed at The Olive Press in Sonoma Valley. Our 2010 oil is available to pre-order at here.








Beltane Ranch Holiday Shop!

All new Beltane gear, Olive Oil, Gift Certificates and Label Posters can now be ordered in our new online shop.







Pumpkin Contest Winners!

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Clark of Scottsdale, AZ won the Beltane Ranch Pumpkin contest! Sarah and Mark got engaged at Beltane in May of 2010! Second place is Thad Eby and Third Place is Shauna Norris. Thanks for playing and Thank you Victor for another year of gorgeous giant pumpkins!









Olive Season in Sonoma Valley!

We are pleased to be taking part in Sonoma Valley's 10th Annual Olive Season Festival. Olive Season is a valley-wide festival with events, activities, tastings, olive harvest, crush, and specials. Book an "Olive Season Package" at Beltane December 1st - Feb 28th and enjoy a guided walk through our estate olive groves, an upstairs room overlooking our estate vineyards and orchards, a cured olive tasting, a 2 pack of Beltane Ranch wine and take home a bottle of 2010 Oil and Label print chef's apron. Rates are 15%-20% off. Book online. Learn more about Sonoma's Olive Season here.







Its Fig Season at Beltane Ranch!

We knew all those egg cartons would come in handy!












Marin Catalog Shot at Beltane


Where else can you orderBeltane Ranch Estate-grown winealong with all kinds of other fun and gorgeous locally made and grown items? Check it out! Not to mention they shot their catalog right here at Beltane!






65 tons of Beltane Ranch Sauvignon Blanc grapes have been early morning harvested and crushed in the last 48 hours. 12 tons for the 2ndBeltane Ranch Estate-grown wine and 53 for our friends, Cakebread Cellars. Become a Friend of Beltane for more info on Beltane Ranch Vineyards and Wine.












Beltane Ranch in SONOMA MAGAZINE!

From Beltane With Love!

One Family, Three Generations and a 2,600 -pound Steer named Bob!

Check us out in Sonoma Magazine!



Beltane Ranch Wine Update

We are fast approaching our 2010 Harvest! In the meantime, we thought we'd update you on of all the fabulous places serving Beltane Ranch 2009 Sauvignon Blanc!

Sonoma: Harvest Moon Cafe, Cafe La Haye, Estate, Saddles, The Breakaway Cafe, The Big 3 Wine Bar
Glen Ellen: Saffron & The Glen Ellen Inn
Kenwood: The Kenwood Inn
Russian River Valley: Farmhouse Inn
Santa Rosa: Viola
San Anselmo, Marin County: Insalata's
Los Angeles: Vinoteque on Melrose


Check out the new BELTANE BURGER!

Our friend Bob Rice at the Breakaway Cafe in Sonoma is now serving the Beltane Burger! Its a Beltane Ranch dry-aged, grassfed, all natural, sonoma valley-raised beef with a Beltane heirloom tomato slice marinated in olive oil and balsamic, melted mozzarella, fresh basil and a pesto mayo on a toasted ciabatta, alongside Sonoma's tastiest fried. Its Delicious!! Kathleen Hill of the Sonoma Index Tribune says "Its sensational! Could be the best burger in Sonoma!"







Beautful Summer at Beltane!

Summer flowers and fruit trees at Beltane

Its finally a beautiful summer here at Beltane. Check out the full photo album!












First Place 2 Years in a Row!!

For the second year in a row we took home the first place ribbon at the Sonoma Fourth-of-July parade! This time for our Wine-themed float with Old Yeller with an iced-down super-size bottle of Beltane Ranch Wine in the bed, actually pouring "wine" into a watertrough on a trailer behind. It was a lot of fun, check out the photos!






We're named Travel + Leisure's place to stay in Sonoma!

We are very pleased to be named Travel + Leisure's top place to stay in Sonoma. And named a "great value!" Check out the full article on Sonoma online.







"Genuine Beltane" Lifestyle Feature in the Sonoma County Press Democrat

We're really excited with Virginie Boone's story about Beltane in this morning's Press Democrat! See the full page here.

"With the new release of its own wine, historic Sonoma Valley B&B remains true to its heritage"








Wine Release!

Beltane Ranch's first estate-grown private label wine, 2009 Sauvignon Blanc has just been released. 5 generations and 37 years of growing for our wonderful neighboring wineries - and now our own wine! Intensely flavored, lively and crisp with hints of honeydew melon and lemon curd...its delicous. Learn more about it on our wine website.

Beltane Ranch's first estate-grown wine



Wine Bottle Photo Shoot

Beltane Ranch 2009 Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. To be released on Beltane Day: May 1st, 2010. The Clydesdales in the front pasture are as excited as we are!










Beltane Ranch Wine is in the bottle!

Our first ever estate grown private label wine, sauvignon blanc, was bottled this morning and will be released in late spring. Check back for more info.








Signs of Spring at Beltane!

















Check out Beltane on 100 Layer Cake!

Many thanks to photographer Kate Harrison, 100 Layer Cake and the Bride and Groom, Megan and Chris!

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Kate Harrison: http://www.kateharrisonphotography.com/



Holidays at Beltane!

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Green Fall at Beltane

Racking at the winery

Its a beautiful time of year at Beltane, everything is green after the recent rains and the vineyards have turned vibrant oranges and reds. We are also finishing a successful fig and pumpkin season.











Thanks to Mike and Sandy Siegel for the Beautiful photos!




Moving the wine to barrels...

Racking at the winery

After several days of fermenting in stainless steel tanks the wine was moved to barrels where it will complete fermentation. We are using a combination of new French oak and neutral French oak barrels.












Racking and Enoculation

Racking at the winery

After 2 days of settling in stainless steel tanks, its time to rack and Inoculate the wine - meaning take the juice off the top of the sediment and get the fermentation started with yeast. First the juice is racked off the top from one tank and moved in to a new tank and the sediment at the bottom is discarded. Then, the winemaker's chosen yeast (shown below being weighed) is mixed in buckets with small amounts of the juice and some yeast nutrient to dissolve and eventually added to the full tank to get the fermentation started!

Join our WINE CLUB to stay up to date on the release!


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9-09-2009 10:30am

The Crush!

crushMom testing sugar

By 10:30 the grapes went to press. For the next 2 hours the juice was gently pressed and slowly transferred to a tank to settle and the seeds and stems sent out to compost. At left is Beltane owner Alexa Wood testing the sugar in a refractometer. The sugar was just about perfect!





9-09-2009 7am


Beltane wine country harvest

So far 65 TONS of Beltane Grapes have been crushed for the 2009 harvest. Most Exciting is the 7 tons that make up the inaugural harvest for our brand new estate grown private label BELTANE WINE. Today's harvest marks the beginning! This first year we will have 400 cases of 100% Beltane Ranch Sauvignon Blanc released in late spring to early summer of 2010. We are very excited to announce our winemaker is Kevin Holt. The following years we will be expanding and adding more red and white varietals. Today's harvest went great....we picked early this morning under prime conditions....the bunches were still cool at dawn and the BRIX was at 24.6. Our own Alex Benward hauled the grapes to local winery Macrostie, in Sonoma for the crush. More info to come as the wine progresses. Please join our mailing list for updates and become a founding member in our wine club (And celebrate the release with us!!!!). Check out photos of the harvest below and check back for updates as the wine progresses!

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Special thanks to Steven Krause for the photography featured on our site.


Sugar tests

Testing the sugar prior to harvest

We are just a few days away from harvest. Here is a sample of grapes pulled from different bunches from different vines across the vineyard that will give us the most accurate reading of the current sugar levels....Beautiful late summer days are ripening the vines quickly so it looks like sometime next week will be the harvest!








Sonoma Valley 4th of July Parade in downtown Sonoma!


Beltane wins the Grand Prize!

BELTANE's "Old Yeller" grassfed beef and olive oil truck, carrying a wood cutout of Beltane Mascot BOB (pictured below) pulled Beltane's Alex Benward, and Danae Rubenstien (of The Wine Slate) along with Beltane lab Duke - who all appreared to be taking a good-ole-fashioned skinny dip in a ranch water trough.
Alexa Wood of Beltane and a loyal group of locals and friends rode horseback in the parade with each horse and rider displaying their respective ranch's historic brand.


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Read more about it in the Sonoma Index Tribune

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