ancient Oak Cellars
4120 Old Redwood Highway
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Winemaker: Greg La Follette
General Manager: Melissa Moholt-Siebert
Ancient Oak Cellars is family-owned and family-farmed, with a direct connection to every part of the winemaking process. Our winery team is small and directly involved with every aspect of the winery. Ken Moholt-Siebert is a thoughtful farmer, who grows most of our grapes and works with our grower-partners; Melissa Moholt-Siebert is the general manager and sales manager; our winemaker is Greg La Follette, who was the founding winemaker at Flowers, Tandem, and La Follette.
We focus mostly on single-vineyard wines that we grow. We make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley, and Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc from Sonoma Mountain.
Our home Pinot Noir vineyard was planted by Ken's grandparents. We live here and farm it. The original vineyard was destroyed in the 2017 wildfires; we are currently re-planting it with several Pinot clones (Pommard, Calera, La Tache, and Mariafeld)
Our Zinfandel vineyard is in the Wood Road old-vine Zinfandel district. It is a heritage clone is head-trained and spur-pruned. The Pagano family that planted the vineyard still lives on the site. We lease and farm it.
Our Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc vineyard is on the east face of Sonoma Mountain, directly next door to Patrick Campbell's old Laurel Glen vineyard. It has been in Fred Berger's family for more than 100 years. Fred and his wife Carol started planting the vines in 1972. We have leased and farm the vineyard.
We have two outstanding Chardonnay vineyards: the Nurmi vineyard in the Laguna Ridge neighborhood of the Russian River with old Wente clone Chard, and the Flyway vineyard on an east-facing bench on Westside Road.
Our vineyards are certified sustainable, but - more importantly - are lived on and farmed by the families that planted the vineyards (with our help in farming, in some cases).