For more than four decades winemaker David Bergin and farmers John and Marbry Sipila have been committed to sustainable living through organic gardening and permaculture. David has a small vineyard of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in the northernmost part of Mendocino County, at Piercy, near the Red Mountain Wilderness Area. John and Marbry grow Syrah, Tempranillo and Zinfandel on their ranch in the Bell Springs area north of Laytonville.
The winery is completely off grid. Solar, wood heat and passive cooling provided by the forest above, the trio created a sustainable loop by composting all vineyard waste. The fruit is all organic, fermented on native yeasts and without sulfites. It is bottled without filtration in American and French oak. As a former wine professional, these winemaking methods are difficult to control but sublime when done well.
And these vintners know their craft.
Bergin-Sipila Vineyards wines are available at these underwriters’ establishments: Chautauqua Natural Foods, Redway Liquor and Deli, The Lost Frenchman, The New Harris General Store and The Peg House.
For other retailers and information, their website is berginsipilavineyards.com