#030 – Robert Dahut: The 21st Century Gentleman Wine Farmer

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Today we toast to grapes, and the people who grow them! A few weeks ago, I anchored the boat and drove up to Sonoma to chat with Robert Dahut. Robert is a modern-day gentleman farmer, or a person who engages in farming but doesn’t depend on it for his living. He started growing a world-class Pinot Noir on his six-acre property about seven years ago. It takes a lot of work to farm on the rocky volcanic terrain, but the vines love it!

 

We also discuss:

  • What it’s like to grow and harvest grapes for wine
  • Why Pinot Noir grapes are especially tricky to grow
  • The 2019 wine from Saintsbury that will use this harvest
  • An audio tour of the vineyard
  • Farming equipment
  • Grafting plants & clones

Resources

  • Keep your eyes peeled for the 2019 Saintsbury Pinot Noir using this the 2017 Dahut Vineyard grape harvest
  • Remember To enjoy Flowers Winery’s 2014 Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, that is, if you can still find it!

Robert Dahut’s Bio:

Robert​ ​Dahut​ ​​is​ ​a​ ​serial​ ​entrepreneur​ ​who​ ​works​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Bio​ ​Tech​ ​Industry.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​no​ ​formal training​ ​in​ ​viticulture​ ​but​ ​has​ ​been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​sought​ ​after​ ​hillside​ ​vineyard​ ​that grows​ ​ultra​ ​premium​ ​Pinot​ ​Noir​ ​in​ ​Sonoma​ ​County.​​ ​It​ ​really​ ​started​ ​with​ ​a​ ​dream​ ​and​ ​a​ ​passion to​ ​do​ ​something​ ​great​ ​with​ ​their​ ​property​ ​for​ ​which​ ​they​ ​would​ ​be​ ​proud​ ​of.​ ​

They​ ​are​ ​surrounded by​ ​world​-class​ ​Pinot​ ​Noir​ ​and​ ​Chardonnay​ ​vineyards,​ ​so​ ​they​ ​knew​ ​they​ ​had​ ​the​ ​correct​ ​soils​ ​and appalachian​ ​to​ ​make​ ​their​ ​vineyard​ ​stand​ ​out.​ ​The​ ​Dahuts​ ​treat​ ​their​ ​vines​ ​with​ ​loving​ ​care​ ​and strive​ ​to​ ​be​ ​good​ ​stewards​ ​of​ ​the​ ​land​ ​and​ ​the​ ​environment,​ ​believing​ ​what​ ​makes​ ​for​ ​a​ ​great place​ ​to​ ​live​ ​also​ ​produces​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​quality​ ​grapes.​ ​

Robert’s​ ​second​ ​passion​ ​is​ ​growing​ ​olive trees.​​​ ​He​ ​grows​ ​over​ ​8​ ​different​ ​varieties​ ​of​ ​Tuscan​ ​Olives​ ​to​ ​produce​ ​extra​ ​virgin​ ​olive​ ​oil.​ ​Like their​ ​vineyard,​ ​everything​ ​is​ ​organic​ ​and​ ​keeps​ ​to​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​standards​ ​of​ ​best​ ​farming practices.​ ​Robert​ ​has​ ​gained​ ​all​ ​of​ ​his​ ​experience​ ​learning​ ​from​ ​others​ ​in​ ​the​ ​industry​ ​for​ ​their vineyard​ ​and​ ​olive​ ​orchards.​ ​“What​ ​I​ ​have​ ​learned​ ​in​ ​the​ ​vineyard​ ​is​ ​growing​ ​grapes​ ​is​ ​no different​ ​than​ ​running​ ​a​ ​great​ ​business​ ​enterprise.​ ​It​ ​always​ ​takes​ ​hard​ ​work,​ ​dedication​ ​and​ ​a lot​ ​of​ ​passion!”​ ​Robert​ ​lives​ ​with​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​Jennifer​ ​and​ ​his​ ​fruitarian​ ​chocolate​ ​lab​ ​Ozzie.