Bob Lindquist and Louisa Sawyer Lindquist never planned to purchase 80 acres of land and plant a vineyard in the Edna Valley. As fate would have it, however, they did. While searching for a future homestead, the couple stumbled across a plot of land they felt would be ripe for a vineyard. With many hillsides, great drainage, promising soil composition, plenty of sunshine, and a consistently stiff wind off of Morro Bay, Bob and Louisa were unable to pass on this ideal spot and established the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard.
Planted in 2005 and first harvested in 2008, the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard is relatively young, yet produces truly exceptional grapes. Syrah, Grenache, Marsanne, Viognier, Tempranillo, Albariño, and Pinot Noir make up the 40-acre vineyard. The wines display an elegance and complexity you don’t often find in grapes this young.
The wines from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard also have a strong sense of place. Bob planted the vineyard biodynamically and has farmed it that way ever since. For over a decade, he has been a champion of biodynamic farming, paying close attention to soil preparations and adhering to the biodynamic calendar. To further the sustainable practice, Bob added three gardens to attract productive insects, several owl boxes to help with pest control, and a flock of sheep to graze while the wines are dormant. Bob firmly believes that these farming practices on the Edna Valley site add to the quality of these wines and allow them to truly express the character of the vineyard.