Thomas Fogarty Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery was founded in 1978 with the planting of the first vineyard by two men whose complimentary personalities and skill sets allowed them as a team to turn a dream into reality. Dr. Thomas Fogarty moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1969 to practice medicine at Stanford Hospital and develop medical device technology. Quickly he fell in love with the rugged terrain and natural beauty of the region and began to buy land surrounding his new home.
From the very beginning, it was the vision of Thomas Fogarty Sr. that when the winery and 30 acre vineyard was developed, that the remaining 330 acres from his 360 acre estate would be set aside to remain in an open space preserve. Our farming practices reflect this respect for the land, by respecting and working with the soils natural micro biological systems. We believe the most exciting wines come from vineyards with ‘Living Soils’, healthy soils, soils that will support healthy and balanced vines. Our farming is a distillation of what we have learned from organic, sustainable, and biodynamic practices, with a healthy touch of intuition. These practices have been honed and developed over our 35 years of farming Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the very cool Northern Skyline subregion of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We nurture our ‘Living Soils’ and healthy vines by making use of cover-crop cultivations, creating a habitat for beneficial insects, we compost, and apply compost-teas.
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