Ryan Decker started as Rodney Strong’s Vineyard Specialist in 2006, helping to develop and implement the farming plan on all 12 of our estate vineyards. As the point person for our sustainability program, Ryan guided the winery and vineyards through the California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing program that led to Rodney Strong Vineyards becoming one of the first Certified Sustainable wineries in the state. Ryan now oversees our extensive grower portfolio, and also directs operations on our Jane’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
Please join Ryan on October 23, for a Sunday vintner course covering the influence of soils on wine. Ryan will present samples of each soil we grow our grapes on from the Alexander Valley to the Petaluma Gap, while explaining the diversity and challenges that he faces. Discover how small changes in the physical and chemical attributes of a soil can make BIG changes in a wine. Take a step into our River East vineyard located at the winery to get a firsthand look of the soils while Ryan explains the varietals grown in the area.
The vintner talk will conclude on The Terrace with a tasting of several Rodney Strong wines from different regions in Sonoma County with significantly diverse soil areas. Join us to taste for yourself how soil influences what is in your glass.