Glass Bottles

From day one, Shannon Ridge Family of Wines was founded with environmental stewardship at its core. Look no further than 2011 Clay Shannon waxing poetic on “polyculture” and sheeping the vineyards with 700 head. 

“Sustainability is a term that’s widely used and, frankly, we need to put some teeth in it.” 

Indeed, one has enough literature on “sustainability” in the wine aisles to give Outside Magazine a run for its money. How many consumers, when faced with the real efforts of those wineries, would lose their appetite? Environmental friendliness is easy to claim, even easier to preach, but difficult to demonstrate in earnest. How, then, does a winery set itself apart from the circus? 

Take a stroll through our land — more like a hike, really —  and miles of rolling hills and pristine vineyards greet you in every direction. There’s a reason the hilltops seem to wave back, brushed side to side in the breeze.

Hint: it’s not that third glass of Cabernet.

It’s no secret that Clay Shannon is a farmer first. His love of protecting mother earth and cultivating the land is infectious, and drives everything we do here at Shannon Ridge. His methods are no mystery; the key to our success is the Ovis Cycle. It’s all about the sheep.

Old Pearl, lounging in her favorite Carhartt dog bed.

Spend a couple of minutes scrolling our social feeds and it’s obvious — we love our dogs here at Shannon Ridge. Yes, it is as fun as it looks, being surrounded by so much floof; our four-legged friends provide companionship, laughs, and all-around marketing gold. What’s more, they have played an indispensable role in our ecosystem from day one; the safety of our workers and our livestock depends on these capable cuties.

This post, however, isn’t about our sustainable farming practices, tasting notes, or ratings. It’s about a goofy ol’ gal that has stolen our hearts and become family to us.