Through eight generations in the grape growing industry, Mettler Family Vineyards has cultivated an unrivaled kinship with the earth. Beginning in Germany in the 1770s and continuing with their arrival in California’s Central Valley region of Lodi in the late 1800s, the Mettler family has a tradition of producing premium wine grapes, both for their own label as well as for other winemakers and respected wines.
As stewards of the soil, the Mettlers have chosen to run their farm as both sustainable and certified organic. Consistent leaders in farming techniques, they utilize practices such as composting, cover crops, hand hoeing, and modern trellising to get the most out of their grapes while being mindful of the health of the vine and the regeneration of the soil. “Embracing organic and sustainable farming keeps our vineyards nourished and viable for generations to come,” says Vineyard Manager Jason Eells.
The wines are made from selective blocks in the vineyards with a crop level controlled by minimal water use and hand thinning. The integrity with which the Mettler family approaches both farming and winemaking has not been lost on industry critics. Consistently recognized through awards, their wines stand up in both domestic and international competitions. “Being diversified is key to maintaining quality control,” Larry Mettler says. “We are involved every step of the way.”
The tasting room is a “must-see” nestled in the middle of 25 acres of vineyards. Arriving guests enter a secluded world of lushly landscaped grounds. The venue can accommodate up to 80 guests for indoor events or 250 guests can enjoy the outdoors around the picturesque pond shaded by willow trees or the courtyard strung with twinkle lights. The winery’s general manager, Kimberly Mettler-Eells, ensures that all events flow seamlessly.
Tasting room guests are treated to exclusive, limited-production wines including the first white wines produced under the Mettler label. They are also free to roam the scenic property and enjoy a picnic with a bottle of their favorite Mettler wine.