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Building a fully regenerative organic farming system

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Winner of the 2021
California Green Medal
Environment Award

Preserving our environment isn’t about lip service, it’s a lifestyle and our hard work has paid off.

In the summer of 2021, our efforts were recognized with the California Green Medal Environment Award, given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship through maximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.

We’re honored to receive such a prestigious award, and it indicates that we’re on the right track in forging a better way through our sustainability efforts with Project Ovis.

PROJECT
OVIS

Project Ovis is the transformation of our 1,000-acre Lake County California mountain vineyard estate into a completely sustainable, regenerative organic farming system.  It is our reimagining of viticulture and winemaking to address the effects of climate change.  Our efforts are both holistic and dynamic, combining carbon sequestering practices with permaculture initiatives and energy efficiency applications. We are pioneering change and setting industry standards in an ongoing effort to improve the way we treat the planet and its swiftly dwindling resources.

This comprehensive closed-loop agriculture approach is extensive and encompasses:

Water conservation
Energy efficiency
Healthy soils
Pest management
Wildlife preservation
Solid waste management
Biodiversity

We’re pioneering change and setting industry standards through our commitment to an earth‑first approach to farming and winemaking.

Dog sitting in the grass at the farm
Angie enjoying the sunset with wine
Clay Shannon and his sheep dog

Our operations are 100% Certified Sustainable, and by July of 2022 we’ll be one of the largest Certified Organic mountain-grown vineyards in the United States.

Project Ovis is both holistic and dynamic, combining carbon sequestering practices like no-tillage farming, with permaculture initiatives such as owl and bat boxes in addition to integrating livestock for cover crop control, weed control, fuel reduction, and soil fertilization.

It even extends to ensuring optimal working conditions for employees.

100% Sustainable Winemaking

Project Ovis initiatives include but are not limited to:

Row of vineyard crops
1/10 Eliminating all in-row cultivation of crops
Plant detail shot in the vineyard
2/10 Eliminating all herbicides and fossil fuel-based fertilizers and fungicides
Farming equipment handing on the wall
3/10 Utilizing only certified 100% organic farming materials
Compost pile of soil
4/10 Composting all organic waste into fertilizer and/or mulch
Grape detail shot handing on a vine
5/10 Using drought-tolerant rootstocks grafted to vinifera
Grape cluster detail shot
6/10 Incorporating grape varietals that require less water
Drip irrigation detail shot
7/10 Implementing drip irrigation and dry farming techniques
Barrel storage unit for wine
8/10 Decreasing wine bottle weight to reduce fuel usage for transport
Detail shot of cork pieces
9/10 Using 100% all-natural renewable cork
Beauty shot of a field with flowers
10/10 Reserving 60% of our property for unplanted wildlife corridors

Forging a
Better Way

Project Ovis is a constant work-in-progress and an ongoing effort to improve the way we treat the planet and its swiftly dwindling resources.

It’s a fully sustainable operation, but we’re far from satisfied because the problems that climate change poses are far from being solved.

It’s just the start of big things to come. But it’s a step in the right direction.

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Have you seen the articles (such as this one from @tastingtable) suggesting that red wine in moderation might lower your risk of contracting COVID? According to W. Blake Gray in @winesearcher, in a recent major British study, "The risk of getting Covid-19 was 10-17 percent lower for people who drink red wine. Unlike with other alcoholic beverages, the effect did not significantly diminish for people until they got above 14 glasses per week. This is good news!" We'll drink to that! 🍷

(Link to Wine-Searcher article in bio.)

The rustic tannins in some red wines, specifically those grown in mountain vineyards, have already been linked to health benefits via their polyphenols and antioxidants.

*We are not medical professionals and are in no way certified/qualified to offer medical advice; please consult with your doctor for matters relating to your own health and wellness.*

Stay safe out there, folks!
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Have you tried the new Giannecchini Estate Blend? This red blend showcases ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), Sangiovese (22%), and Merlot (10%) from our beautiful vineyards in the Talmage Bench region of Mendocino county.

This wine pays homage to Mendocino's Italian grape growing heritage with aromas of cherries and red fruits, ready to pair delightfully with any meal.

Ship this wine to your door at the link in our bio!
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We got the Eggs! Pickup at the Mercantile #farmeggs #organiceggs #freerangechickens ...

Honestly, do we need a reason to fill your news feed with Sunday scritches? 🙃 #winerydog #winerydogs #dogsofinstagram #cutedogs ...

The Vigilance Tasting Room arguably remains the coziest spot in Lake County for a glass of wine and is open weekends from 11am to 5pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Make a reservation online at the link in our bio.
#winetasting #fridaywinedown #winetime
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Time for a BBQ! Shannon Ranch Grass Fed Lamb now available at the Shannon Mercantile, Open 7 days a week from 11:00-6:00pm #shannonmercantile #grass-fed #organic ...

Half Bottles are on Sale for $60/Case 🍷
Shipping is Included w/ Purchase of 12 or more.
Shop now @ Link in our bio!

Whether you need a gift to welcome guests to your Airbnb, you're looking for a portable way to enjoy wine on your next camp out, or you just think small things are adorable, the half bottle is a great way to enjoy Lake County's finest without worrying about the wine losing quality overnight!

Choose from two of our most popular Steele wines – Carneros Pinot Noir 2017 or Cuvée Chardonnay 2018 – or mix and match! Each half-bottle pours 2 glasses of wine to share with a friend or enjoy by yourself.

Whatever you decide, we'll ship a case to your door for just $60!
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A beautiful January day in Lake County, signs of spring and we’re praying for rain #lakecountyca #shannonfamilyofwines ...

Another Fantastic Lake County Sunset from the top of Shannon Ridge in the High Valley AVA #shannonfamilyofwines #gorgeoussunset #lakecountyca #visitlakecounty ...

No Filter! Lake County wins the award for the best sunsets #shannonmercantile #lakecountyca #sunsetlovers #sunsetphotography. ...

New Year, new lineup! 🍷 We're bringing some hidden gems out of the archives (and marking down some old favorites) for this end of vintage sale so you can get a head start on those 2022 memories. Why should the holidays have all the fun?

Shop at the link in our bio!

These tend to sell out quickly – we recommend choosing your 12 favorite wines before they're gone. We'll ship a case to your door for only $150! 🥂

Sale ends January 30th.
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Come join us at the Merc for the NFL games! Open everyday from 11:00-6:00 #themercantile #shannonmercantile ...

The Shannon Mercantile is now open 7 days a week (11am – 6pm) thanks to the overwhelmingly positive feedback and support we have received from fans like you! 🍷

In addition to our full wine bar, we will begin serving lunch options and non-alcoholic beverages from local favorite, @roseycooks, starting Monday, January 10th. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie, or take a moment to relax and shop in Lake County’s go-to destination for all things wine, food, and fun!

4350 Thomas Drive
Kelseyville, CA 95453
707-279-9475
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We will be one of the largest 100% certified organic mountain-grown vineyards in the United States by July of 2022! Read all about our industry-leading Sustainable practices at the link in our bio. ...

That's all for 2021, folks! Thanks to everyone who has made this year such a success, from opening two new tasting experiences to launching a new website and taking sustainable + organic + regenerative farming to the next level with Project Ovis.

None of this would be possible without our amazing club members and customers who make this whole thing worth it. Here's to an even better 2022! 🥂
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When your parents just got a new ride for Christmas and you take that first spin... 😍

Learn more about our working dogs at the link in our bio!
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From the Shannon Family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 🍷 ...

Last minute shoppers! 🤫 No need to stress! We've got you covered with some great merchandise for the wine fans in your life. 🥰 Come on down to the Shannon Mercantile Thursday – Monday, 11am to 6pm to pick up some stylish gifts:

4350 Thomas Drive
Kelseyville, CA 95451
707-279-9475
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Is this your decorating sense for the holidays? Year-round? You MIGHT be a Buck Shack fan 😉... check out our bourbon barrel aged wines at the link in our bio. 🥃 ...

Gotta admit; there are worse ways to spend a Sunday evening. 🌅 Lake County nightlife at its finest! ...