Italian immigrant Samuele Sebastiani came to California in the late 1800s and quickly became known in Sonoma for his quality wines using a wide variety of internationally renowned grape varieties. The specialties for the area are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But Sebastiani can also call himself the pioneer of the Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma. They were the first winery in the AVA to plant Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Sebastiani winery was founded in 1904. At the time, the winery was built in a very rural area for that time, known for agriculture and cattle breeding. The agricultural air that could occasionally be smelled as far as the coast in an easterly wind was jokingly referred to as 'Sonoma aroma'. At that time, it was mainly farmers who came to Sonoma because of the good farmland and cooling conditions from the American west coast. Samuele initially did not come to California to grow wine, but to work on the streets of San Francisco. In the early 20th century he was also responsible for the construction of the rural village center of Sonoma, which still exists today in the same capacity. In 1904 he went there to make wine for the local population.
Sonoma proved to be ideal not only for agriculture in general, but even more specifically for viticulture. It is the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay that benefit most from this unique microclimate, which is characterized by the so-called Humbold Gulf Stream. But Cabernet Sauvignon also plays an equally important role for Sebastiani here.
Sonoma is now one of the most sustainable and innovative wine regions in California. This is reflected in the balanced soil policy in the Sebastiani vineyards: compost use is encouraged and the use of pesticides is minimized. In addition, there is a water management program, in which the amount of irrigation water is reduced, and a recycling program.