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Our Philosophy

We believe that our actions today can impact the future, so sustainability is a way of life at Tobias Glen, our 19-acre boutique vineyard located in the Russian River Valley. We have proudly received verification as a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard, based on adopting and implementing stringent winegrowing requirements. Enjoy the rich and detailed wines of California Wineries & Vineyards with every joyful moment in life, knowing that our commitment to the environment is in every sip.
Stéphane Vivier

A native of Burgundy, Stéphane Vivier’s old-world sensibilities are ideally suited for his role as winemaker for several Napa, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, and Mendocino wineries, including Hyde de Villaine and Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley. To Stéphane, the best winemaker is one who largely keeps his hands to himself, allowing the alchemy of nature to do what it does best. He learned this laissez-faire method of winemaking while growing up in Meloisey, Burgundy, at the feet of an elderly neighbor whose family had been making wine for centuries.

Jim E. Frisinger, Jr.

With over 40 years in the wine industry, Jim brings his leadership and unique expertise in vineyard management to California Wineries & Vineyards. Past leadership roles include being Vice President of North Coast Vineyard Operations for Beringer Blass Wine Estates, Chairman of the Napa County Pest and Disease Control Board, Director of the American Vineyard Foundation, and Director of Napa County Farm Bureau. He holds a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Iowa State University.

Janie Woo

Janie Woo’s career as a management consultant led to extensive travel on six continents and provided her with unique exposure to fine food and wine. Janie’s occupation allowed her to not only connect to locations and their history, but also to a series of philosophies that opened her perspective on wine and on life. She sees wine as a conduit to continued curiosity, and loves its ability to connect people who might not find their way to one another otherwise. During a 2014 visit to Russian River, she had the chance to come across a bucolic vineyard in Forestville planted to Pinot Noir, and immediately felt a connection. Inspired by the town’s motto, “The Good Life,” the wine brand was established based on the celebration of LIFE. She wishes that everyone drinking her wine will enjoy their life to the fullest!

Koffiy and Muffin

Koffiy (left) and Muffin (right) are our trusty Vizslas providing security (and fashion sense!) amidst the vines.

The Story Behind Making Pinot Noir
Upon my first visit to the Tobias Glen vineyards, I found energy in the Forestville site, with a great combination of Gould series loam and a colder spot tucked in next to giant redwood trees. Add to it Janie's enthusiasm, and I knew we would create a very special wine from this special place - wine that articulates the definition of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with a sense of place, with the energy of what could be Old World wine.

– Stéphane Vivier

Process of Making Pinot Noir
We Are Sustainable

Tobias Glen, our estate vineyard, is a 19-acre parcel located in one of the most cherished micro-regions of the Russian River Valley. Tucked in a secluded valley and surrounded by an ecological forest sanctuary of heritage oak and fir, this bucolic, sustainably-farmed estate is ideally suited for Pinot Noir. The vines, an ideal cool region mixture of Dijon clones, produce grapes with distinctive violet flavors and a rich, soft tannin structure. Yearly applications of organic compost supplement the Goldridge soil and enable the vines to have a better natural balance while expressing the unique terroir of the property.

Tobias Glen is a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard. Participating vineyards receive third-party auditor verification that they are adopting and implementing stringent winegrowing requirements based on the industry’s code of best practices.

Sustainability areas addressed by vineyards in the program include protection of air and water, energy efficiency, strong relationships with employees and neighbors, responsible pest management, and more. Please see sustainablewinegrowing.org for additional information.