WELCOME TO SHONE FARM WINERY
Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm Winery was founded in 2008 and operates under the auspices of the Shone Farm Foundation, an auxiliary organization of the College. Located in the Warren G. Dutton Jr. Agricultural Pavilion, the winery utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and winemaking procedures to ensure the production of premium wines indicative of the Russian River appellation. The wines are produced from the estate grown grapes of Shone Farm. The Shone Farm Winery is committed to quality and all wines must pass a rigorous review by a professional tasting panel before being released for sale.
HANDS-ON STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
The wines for Shone Farm Winery are commercially produced at our teaching winery under the guidance of a professional winemaker and with the help of SRJC students. The SRJC Wine Studies Program is a comprehensive program covering production, analysis, sensory evaluation, marketing and sales of wine. Students in the program have the opportunity to be involved in the harvest, work on the crush pad, and assist during fermentation and all the other technical aspects of wine making that follow. Business-oriented students have been involved with all aspects of the marketing and sale of Shone Farm wine, including label design, production of promotional materials, and experience with both direct sales and sales through a wine broker.
Shone Farm has 90 acres of grapes that are sold to several Sonoma County premium wineries. In addition to commercial use, the vineyard also provides a venue for instruction. Students in the Viticulture Program spend time in the vineyard involved in various tasks; monitoring for pests and diseases, performing canopy management assessments, making crop projections for each commercial block of grapes, and pruning selected blocks.