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Littorai Winery

Updated: Jan 12, 2023


  • Located off the beaten path in Sebastopol, which is west Sonoma County.

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  • A family-owned winery, founded by Ted Lemon and wife, Heidi, in 1993.

  • A hidden, simple, no pretension, highly disciplined operation with no signage.


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  • Littorai’s gravity flow/hay-bale walled wine making facility opened in 2009.

  • Tastings are appointment only for groups of 6 or fewer.

  • Call way in advance!


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  • Tasting Fee: $40 pp, not waived with purchase.

  • Appointments: Mon.-Sat. 45 min.

  • Gate opens with a designated code.

  • Tastings are either inside, alongside the wine making equipment.

  • Or outside on a sunny day, sitting on the patio near the grape vines and amazing garden.


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  • Ted Lemon is committed to a fully sustainable winery and biodynamic farming.

  • Wines:

  • Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

  • Wine Sold:

  • Through mailing list and to select restaurants. No retail sales

  • Wine Prices: average $60


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  • Ted Lemon at 25 years of age (1982) was the first American winemaker in Burgundy, France.

  • He returned to the US and continued to make Pinot Noir, in keeping with French Pinot Noirs.

  • Lemon’s complex devotion to feed and maintain the soil is key to his wine success.

  • He saw first hand in France the vines were 100 years old and the soil depleted.


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  • Lemon says, “Biodynamic farming forces you to think long term”.

  • Biodynamics 101/tour:

  • Learn the intricacies of compost layering, beekeeping, garden diversity.

  • Note: Shoes may get muddy during the fall/winter vineyard tour.


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  • Littorai is Latin for “Coasts”.

  • Lemon scoured the Sonoma and Mendocino coast region for premium vineyard sites.

  • He found sites with the greatest potential for amazing Pinot Noir/Chardonnay wines.


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  • Critters you’ll see at Littorai:

  • Chickens, cows, sheep.

  • Wine production is 4000 cases annually.

  • Future plans include more cows and a cave to enhance the wine and your experience.

  • After leaving Littorai I had such an immense appreciation for the care, attention, and dedication that goes into quality winemaking.


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