Shannon Family of Wines

California, United States

Clay Shannon has always been a bit of a maverick. In 1996, he decided to buck convention and set out on his own, establishing a progressive, pioneering winery and ranch in Lake County, California. The story of Shannon Family of Wines is a testament to Clay’s unwavering commitment to the land and his pursuit of producing exceptional wines while prioritizing sustainability.

Located within the wild and challenging terrain of Lake County, Shannon Family of Wines encompasses over 2,000 acres of mountain property, half of which is dedicated to vineyards. But Clay Shannon’s vision goes beyond simply growing the best fruit. His dream is to create a harmonious existence with the land, a testament to his passion for doing things in a way that brings joy to those who live and work on the estate.

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Recognizing the pressing environmental concerns facing our planet, Shannon Family of Wines is taking action. By transforming a significant portion of their land into a regenerative organic farming system, they’ve greatly reduced their environmental impact. Embracing the ridges of ancient volcanic soil at higher elevations, the estate benefits from unique conditions that impart exceptional character to their wines.

The commitment to sustainability goes beyond rhetoric for Shannon Family of Wines. Their efforts were recognized in 2021 when they received the prestigious California Green Medal Environment Award. This accolade acknowledges their dedication to environmental stewardship through sustainable practices. The award reflects their ongoing commitment to forge a better way through sustainability efforts, with their groundbreaking Project Ovis leading the charge.

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Project Ovis represents the transformation of Shannon Family of Wines’ 1,000-acre mountain vineyard estate into a completely sustainable, regenerative organic farming system. By combining carbon sequestering practices, permaculture initiatives, and energy efficiency applications, they’re pioneering change and setting industry standards to mitigate the effects of climate change. It’s a holistic and dynamic approach aimed at preserving the planet and its finite resources.

Visitors to Shannon Family of Wines are treated not only to award-winning wines but also to a guest experience that epitomizes the rustic charm and natural beauty of Clear Lake. The estate’s elevated location provides stunning lake views and a thriving wildlife ecosystem, creating an extraordinary setting for wine enthusiasts.

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Every bottle of Shannon Family wine is a celebration of Lake County’s bounty and the unwavering commitment to sustainable practices. As they continue to push boundaries and set new industry standards, Shannon Family of Wines invites wine lovers to experience the taste of a place they proudly call home. With each sip, the flavors of Clay Shannon’s maverick vision, passion for the land, and dedication to sustainability come alive. The legacy of Shannon Family of Wines is not just about world-class vintages; it’s also about their journey to redefine what’s possible in sustainable viticulture.

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Video: Shannon Anthem

Shannon's Wines

  • Shannon Ridge "Clay Shannon"

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Shannon Ridge "Ovis"

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • High Valley Vineyard

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Shannon Ridge Giannecchini

    Red Blend

  • Shannon Ridge "Buck Shack"

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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