The Winery is a Well-Known Example of Environmental Art
Perched on the beautiful hillside of Petaluma Gap, straight off of Highway 101N in Sonoma County, is Karah Estate Vineyard. The vineyards, located around the winery building, offers a panoramic view of the magnificent valley. Covering an area of 144 acres, guests can celebrate their special events on the premises, including weddings, birthdays, etc., which can be made special with a picnic area, happy hours, and live music, together with unique wine-food pairings.
Thirty-Five acres of vineyard land is dedicated to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a few acres to Chenin Blanc in the Petaluma Gap and Cotati. All the rows of vines face west, and on a clear sky, one can witness 20 miles out to the marine layer covering Bodega Bay. The winery team uses eco-friendly methods in the vineyards as well as the cellar.
Grand History of Karah Estate Vineyard
The tale of Karah Estate Vineyard was started with Mohamed Karah when he purchased the land in 1995. He was advised by UC Davis, a renowned agricultural and veterinary medicine institute, to grow grapes on the property. For many years, Karah sold his fruit to various well-reputed estates of the region before making a bold decision and established his own winery. He expanded the old barn house and transformed it into a wine cellar under the supervision of his son Tariq Karah. Today, the estate is a passion of Megan Brodie, an expert winemaker who joined the team in June 2019.
Artistic Work of Christo & Jean-Claude
Before the Karah family owned the winery, two well-known environmental artists – Christo and Jean Claude built a 24.5 miles long fence, known as Running Fence, of white nylon. It extends from the Karah Estate to the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Bay. A law passed by the Nixon administration delayed the construction of airbags for ten years, resulting in a surplus of nylon fabric, available at affordable prices. Christo and Jean then decided to build the fence, which took four years to get completed. It’s worth witnessing the artistic work!