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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 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

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
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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
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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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Behind every delectable grape is a sunbeam.

We grow Lake County’s finest grapes organically using sustainable farming practices at Shannon Family Farms.

We’re harnessing the elements for delightful flavors, and loving every moment of the process.

Click the link in bio to see our mouth-watering offerings.

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Take your in-home watering hole to the next level. Enter to win the #BuildYourBuckShack sweepstakes, and you could win a home bar design from leading #DIY’er @tmbrman or @tarynwhiteaker_designs *AND* the money to make it all happen. Click the link in our bio to enter today!

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From all of us at Shannon Family of Wines, we wish you and yours a very joyful Fourth 🇺🇸🎆

Raise a toast to the good ol’ USA. We’ve come a long way since 1776, y’all.

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Come down to the Shannon Mercantile this Saturday for a party that’s guaranteed to get you into the Fourth of July spirit.

We’ll have Red, White & Rosé wine specials all day and extended hours from 11am -7pm.

Jam to the party-band music of Lake County’s beloved @thefunkydozen from 4-7pm. Bring a big appetite for the fresh, seasonal eats of @roseycooks.

As always, Wine Club members save 30% on all glasses and bottles of wine 🍷

Let’s celebrate the good ol' USA together! 🇺🇸

Click link in bio to get more details and invite your friends!


Our Buck Shack Case Sale ends today! Our Buck Shack Wines are only $200 a case - that’s a discount of over 50% with free shipping.

Don’t miss out on the nuanced flavor of our bourbon barrel aged wines.

Click the link in bio to see our Buck Shack selection.

Nate Halverson, aka @tmbrman has grown his passion for #woodworking into a lifestyle through building furniture, #decor, and everything in between. His story started with the simple construction of a coffee table from a pallet and skyrocketed from there.

Click the link in the bio to learn more about Nate and enter to win a custom home #bar makeover designed by him!

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Our Buck Shack wines are only $200 a case through June 30th — that’s a discount of over 50% off retail, with shipping included!

Don’t miss out on the nuanced flavor of our bourbon barrel-aged wines. But you only have mere days left to get in on this fantastic sale.

Click the link in bio to see our entire Buck Shack selection.

Wise words from our favorite bearded friend @tmbrman...

Check out the sweepstakes which features a free bar from me in your very own home!! I’ve become quite the wine partaker and can say Buck Shack has the look and taste a guy like me enjoys 👊🏻🔨

Enter to win at or hit the link in bio!

The weekend is just around the corner, wink wink.

Click the link in bio to see our selection of wines to bring a smile to your face.

There are #wines for restrained, erudite conversations, and then there are wines for rollicking good times. Buck Shack is the latter.

Nestled deep in the @ShannonFamilyOfWines #vineyards stood a dilapidated 100-year-old skinning shed called “Ye Old Buck Shack.” We loved its rugged beauty and the history of this old building, so we restored it.

Inspired by everything the #BuckShack represented, we created a #wine that captured the authenticity and wildness of Lake County—wines that go hand-in-hand with good times and bad judgment.

Click the link in the bio to learn more about Buck Shack wines and enter to win your very own custom home bar!

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Bees aren't needed to fertilize grapevines, which are usually propagated from cuttings. Nonetheless, bees are crucial to the annual harvest on the Shannon vineyards. Why?

Because the agricultural health of our property depends on these beneficial insects. They are the primary pollinators for numerous plants up and down the vineyard, helping to keep nitrogen levels in balance.

The presence of bees is a sign that we've got a thriving ecosystem. Next time you toast a glass of vino—from our family of wines, of course—give thanks to these busy workers.

Click the link in bio to meet the Shannon Family of Wines.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Superdads by blood, choice, and even by accident—you know who you are!

However you came to be a Pop, we salute you. Nothing can replace a love like yours.

Come join us tomorrow (Saturday June 18th) at the Shannon Mercantile for cold beverages, warm smiles, and hot sounds on our beautiful lawn.

No Reservation Required and No Cover Charge

We'll have Buck Shack specials all day, plus delicious street tacos from Terped Out Kitchen and live rock jams with Beatz Werkin' from 4-7pm.

Choose between 12 wines on tap by the glass or half bottle, straight from the source for peak freshness 🍷

As always, Wine Club members save 30% on all glasses and bottles of wine!

Invite your friends by clicking the link in bio to visit our Facebook Event page.

@terpedoutkitchen @shannonfamilyofwines

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What’s better than sharing a glass of #wine with your pop on #FathersDay? We’ll tell you: Sharing a glass of #BuckShack wine in your very own custom home #bar designed by a top DIY’er.

Click the link in the bio and enter to win the #BuildYourBuckShack sweepstakes and make the next celebration with your nearest and dearest one to remember. Or maybe one to forget, we won’t tell.

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This Sunday is Father’s Day!

Don’t worry, you still have time to stock up on his favorite adult beverage.

Click the link in bio to see our selection and shipping options.

Today is National Rosé Day, and we offer a beautiful rendition of it bursting with floral aroma and notes of strawberry, guava and white peach.

Lucky for you, the Buck Shack Rosé is currently part of the Buck Shack Case Sale happening now—get 12 bottles delivered to your door for just $200!

Click the link in bio to learn more about our rosé and put together your own Buck Shack case.

Our Buck Shack Wines are only $200 a case until June 30th, don’t miss it!

Good Times Santa Cruz is raving about the unique flavor of our Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Cab.

“Yes, folks, there’s a touch of bourbon in every swig; this bold and rustic red is aged in old bourbon barrels. You just have to try it for yourselves to experience all of the nuances of a good wine—with a tad of Kentucky’s pride and joy”

Good times, indeed. Thanks for the shoutout, @GoodTimesSC!

Click the link in bio to bring home some of this bourbon-touched goodness.

Meet #DYI’er extraordinaire, @tarynwhiteaker_designs! Taryn is the voice of #homedecor style behind Taryn Whiteaker Designs. Taryn established her brand over 9 years ago in hopes of inspiring others with design ideas and #DIYtutorials.

Click the link in the bio to learn more about Taryn and enter to win a custom home bar makeover designed by her!

#buckshack #buckshackwine #homebar #barmakeover #homerenovation #wine #winelover #vino #winetasting #winetime #winelovers #instawine #winestagram #winery #wineoclock #vin #winelife #drinks

Anticipation is a frequent visitor at the vineyards.

During winter, you're anticipating the first flush of buds on the vines come spring. In springtime, you're looking forward to seeing the clusters of fruit grow heavier and heavier throughout the summer. And, of course, everyone eagerly awaits the fall harvest—and the magic that happens after the wine is bottled.

Right now, we're anticipating our busy summer season. Be sure to make a reservation at one of our tasting rooms (click link in bio) and check back often for special events throughout the season.