Vines and Wines
July 1999, the Inmans planted 8 acres of Pinot Noir as well as some Pinot
Gris. The vineyards are closely spaced (6' x 4') and the Inman
carefully selected Pinot Noir clones 777, 667, 115, and 114 which
they will use in crafting their
Inman family harvested the first Pinot Gris at sunrise on September 4,
2002.Their first wine, a 2002 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris was released in March
2003. The 2003 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris will be released in February
2004. To sign up to receive information on new wine releases as well
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Inmans are committed to protecting the environment by using sustainable
farming practices. During the course of the vineyard
development they were careful to preserve the majestic Valley Oaks
which grace the property.
many vineyard owners, the Inman Family chose not to sterilize the soil because of
their belief in maintaining the natural soil
further enhance the soil, they planted permanent cover crops.
Scientific data overwhelmingly indicates that cover crops are good
for vineyards. In addition to promoting a healthy ecosystem, the
cover crops provide some competition for the vines in the Russian
River Valley's fertile soil, and the addition competition for water
and nutrients can improve the quality of the vine fruit.
a cover crop is established, simple mowing keeps the vineyard
looking tidy and well groomed. Moreover, the vineyard requires
less labor, and less fossil fuels are used to power the tractors to
till the soil. The cover crop also prevents erosion from wind or
rain, and healthy populations of earthworms are also encouraged by
not tilling the soil.
organic fertilizers are used on the vineyard.
Olivet Grange is the farmstead for what was a mixed farm owned by
the Greeott Family since early in the last century. In addition to
the house and garden, Olivet Grange has beautiful old farm
buildings, fruit trees and vines, many of which are more that 75
years old. The Inman Family are preserving the agricultural heritage of the
property and the farming traditions of Sonoma County by planting
orchards, vineyards and a kitchen garden, which their guests are able
to enjoy during their stay at the vacation rental.