From the Grower

By John Newmeyer

John Newmeyer

All of our vines are the classic Burgundy varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, for which our cool microclimate and rocky volcanic soils are ideally suited. We've made wines from this exceptional vineyard since 1985, and we've sent our Chardonnay to Newton Vineyards to be a key part of their renowned "unfiltered" bottling. Now that we have our own winery, we're producing both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under our "Olivia Brion" label. Through all, we've adhered to a commitment to low yields, intense fruit flavors, and the gentle hands-on processing of the harvested fruit. Our goal is to produce the very best wines from this unique hillside site, while being the best stewards of our land that we can.

In addition to being the founder of Heron Lake Vineyard, I have enjoyed my career as an epidemiologist at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco, and have a passion for the written word (three books and a website,


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