Sonoma County

Jackson and Seillan selected California’s Sonoma County as the ideal location for Vérité’s vineyards.  Our vineyards are located in the Bennett Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations.

Sonoma County is one of the most diverse winegrowing regions on earth. Due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean, the climate flows from west to east, rather than from north to south. The eastern inland appellations are warm, dry, and ideal for Bordeaux varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The microclimates in each appellation are warm enough to fully ripen red Bordeaux varieties, but cool enough to retain the natural acidity needed to make timeless, age-worthy wines.


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The four appellations of Vérité

Chalk Hill

The Chalk Hill appellation is named for the chalky soil that adds a memorable touch of minerality to the wines produced here. The vineyards benefit from cool mornings and warm, sunny afternoons moderated by coastal breezes. Our Merlot blocks face northwest, Cabernet Franc east, and Petit Verdot south—sun and wind orientations that optimize the expression of each variety and its many micro-crus. Our Chalk Hill vineyard’s elevation varies from 160 to 500 feet above sea level.

Alexander Valley

The Alexander Valley appellation ranges from 900 to 2,400 feet above sea level, an elevation that provides an abundance of soils, sun aspects, and climates. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive in rocky, red volcanic soil that forces the vines to struggle and develop deep roots. These hardy underground systems channel valuable nutrients to the grapes and create fruit teeming with power, spice, and complexity.

Knights Valley

The Knights Valley region is known for warm afternoons that give way to cool evenings. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot flourish on southwest-facing slopes that boast well-draining, gravelly volcanic soil—optimal conditions for developing fruit with outstanding varietal concentration and complexity. Our Knights Valley vineyard lies between 500 and 960 feet above sea level.

Bennett Valley

Bennett Valley is cooled by the nearby Pacific Ocean and experiences a diverse diurnal range between night and day. Warm days ensure the development of vibrant varietal character in our fruit, while cool nights maintain balanced acidity. Our vineyards lie between 580 and 850 feet elevation on northwest-facing foothills in well-draining, sandy loam that is ideal for Merlot.