Ceritas is led by husband and wife duo, John and Phoebe Raytek. Above all, their focus on single vineyard wines highlights the diversity of terroir in both the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley.
Each allows us the opportunity to craft balanced and distinct wines which will stand out on the dinner table. Just as oysters grown in Tomales Bay taste altogether different from those grown in Puget Sound, our wines are reflective of the growing seasons and soils from which they came.
In the vineyard we allow our sustainable farming practices to be dictated by observation and empiricism rather than by prescriptive farming.
All of our vineyard sites are either farmed bio-dynamically or are in the initial stages of being converted to biodynamic farming methods. We believe that biodynamic farming methods, and focused and site-specific attention, give the vines the greatest opportunity to experience each growing season, to respond accordingly, and ultimately to yield grapes with the unmistakable flavours and smells of their time and place.
In the winery, we keep things simple. We look at winemaking from a standpoint that owes more to tradition than it does to cutting-edge innovation — we more often find ourselves trying to understand what not to do rather than what to do. The crafting of each vintage is like a journey, in which nature sets its own course. Our role is to adapt, to proceed with humility, and to learn.”
–John & Phoebe Raytek
|Porter Bass Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Family Owned Estate|
|Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountain|
|Charles Heintz Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast|
|Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast|
|Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Monopole|
|Porter Bass Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Family Owned Estate||Chardonnay|
|Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountain||Chardonnay|
|Charles Heintz Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast||Chardonnay|
|Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast||Pinot Noir|
|Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Monopole||Pinot Noir|