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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 mountain vineyard located in the North Coast region of California. It’s our reimagining of viticulture and winemaking, and the conversion of our operations into a completely sustainable ecosystem.

The rate of human consumption has exploded in recent decades, pushing the limits of our natural resources, deepening our dependence on fossil fuels, and contributing to climate change. Our goal here in Lake County is to create a regenerative organic farming system, to address the effects of global warming.

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.

Our operations are 100% Certified Sustainable, and by harvest of 2021 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:

1/10 Eliminating all in-row cultivation of crops
2/10 Eliminating all herbicides and fossil fuel-based fertilizers and fungicides
3/10 Utilizing only certified 100% organic farming materials
4/10 Composting all organic waste into fertilizer and/or mulch
5/10 Using drought-tolerant rootstocks grafted to vinifera
6/10 Incorporating grape varietals that require less water
7/10 Implementing drip irrigation and dry farming techniques
8/10 Decreasing wine bottle weight to reduce fuel usage for transport
9/10 Using 100% all-natural renewable cork
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.

Clay Shannon

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It's Spooky Sunday again and we're here to bring you more oddities from around the ranch!

Since early childhood, Clay has had an attraction for all things Old West. That usually means there's a cool discovery around every corner here. 👻🤠

Did you know this same fascination inspired a whole collection of wines? Check out Pistol Grip in our online store at the link in our bio!
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Did you know Clear Lake is home to some of the best bass fishing in the country? 🎣

Check out our "Visit and Events" page (link in bio) for the great recreation that Lake County has to offer! @visitlakecountyca
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Things are finally starting to cool off around here! Thankful to get out and enjoy that fall weather while it lasts. 🍂

Curious – any of our fans ride horses out there? Let us know in the comments!
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We post a lot of cute dog pics, but don't let them fool you... these animals are ready to throw hands whenever a curious bear comes lumbering by. This Spooky Sunday is dedicated to our Great Pyrenees guard dogs, who defend our flock against predators like eagles, coyotes, & bears! (Oh, my.)

Learn more about our working dogs at the link in our bio!
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The weather is perfect for a visit to enjoy some sips and scenery at our Vigilance Tasting Room this weekend! Bring your dog (maybe even a jacket) and have a picnic with stunning vineyard views.

Now taking reservations online! ✨ Visit the link in our bio to choose your time slot.
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"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-Unknown 🐑

We're forging a better way. We may not follow the flock, but we'll put them to work. Have you heard our story?

Read all about it – link in bio.
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Happy Spooktober from your friends at Shannon Family of Wines! With structures over 100 years old still standing on the ranch, this place has no shortage of stories to tell. 👻

Did you know Ye Olde Buck Shack used to be a skinning shed before it became our favorite bourbon bar?
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Last Call to save $180 on a case of Buck Shack! 🥃🍷 Sale ends tomorrow, September 30th.

Ship 12 bottles of your favorite troublemaking wine straight to your door for just $240/Case. Want to mix and match? Simply load up your cart with 12 of your favorite bottles, and the shipping discount will be automatically applied.

Shop Now at the link in our bio.
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Have you seen our ✨new✨ website yet? Read all about it on our Blog! 🤓
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New score from @james.suckling on our Clay Shannon Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – 91pts!

This wine is available for purchase on our NEW WEBSITE, ready for delivery to your door!
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Our Sunset Dinner at Ogulin Estate House on Saturday, September 25th (5pm - 9pm) is selling out fast! To ensure the greatest chance of seating your entire party, reserve your spot today by emailing ogulinhouse@shannonridge.com.

As the sun sets, you'll enjoy 5 reserve wines guided by our winemaker, Annette Hoff, alongside a gourmet, grass-fed, organic lamb dinner catered by Lake County's own Rosey Cooks – all surrounded by 360° vineyard views from 2300 feet atop Shannon Ridge Home Ranch! 😍

Tickets are $120/Person or $100 for Club Members.

View our Facebook Event Page for more details. Have a beautiful Friday evening! 🍷
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Our new Shannon Mercantile wine bar is coming together! Thanks to our amazing builder, Shields construction. Opening late October 2021 #winebar #visitlakecounty #shannonfamilyofwines #shannonridge #winecountry #winelover #winery #visitkelseyville ...

ALL Buck Shack wines (tall or short) are on sale, ready for delivery to your door at just $240/Case!

Quick on the draw, now – this deal only lasts until September 30th! Until then, we won't fault you for a little bad judgement.

Shop Now at the link in our bio.
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I wish I was this cute when exhausted...

Cheers to our border collies and great pyrenees for not only herding our flock, but protecting us all from bears, mountian lions, and other wildlife! 🍻

There's nothing quite like that well-deserved afternoon nap!

Learn more about our doggos (who happen to manage our vineyards) on our YouTube channel!
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Get back together with nature, reconnect with friends, and share some great conversation over some wine at our Vigilance Tasting Room! We are still taking reservations for patio pours! 🍷

Simply email reservations@shannonridge.com
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"I want to make a difference... I want to make a freaking difference. I want to hopefully be known as somebody that took the risk to create a better life – to force some change. To forge a better way. There's a better way to do this."

Our founder, Clay Shannon, lacks no vision when it comes to making this world a better place to live for future generations. It's true; we don't have all the answers – sustainability is an ongoing project. We're ok with that. If that resonates with you; if you agree that someone has to put in the work, then stick around, because exciting things are on the horizon. 🥂
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Our Sunset Dinner at Ogulin Estate House featuring our Winemaker Annette Hoff is filling up fast!! Reserve your seats today for an unforgettable evening on Saturday, September 25th from 5pm to 9pm by emailing ogulinhouse@shannonridge.com !🥂

See event page on Facebook for details.
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Happy Labor Day! Like it or not, fall is here -- time to get on the wagon 😉

Pro Tip: while pumkin spice lattes are powering your work day, why not cap it off in the evening with a delicious Pinot Noir? 🍂
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When he's not fighting climate change day and night, Clay Shannon has a "mild" affinity for collecting cowboy boots and hats 🤠. What's something you can't seem to stop accumulating? ...