New Vineyard…Just outside Petaluma!

On Ely Road South at Browns Lane, over 300 acres are being manicured for a new vineyard just outside the city limits and the urban growth boundary. Tractors and crews are in full swing on a project challenging to behold with the eye or camera.

When I first saw it, I wondered about the source of the irrigation water for such a large project.

As it happens, the vineyards will be irrigated with recycled, treated wastewater from Petaluma.  This is just another step in the trend to use reclaimed water for agriculture in Sonoma County.

But enough words. I’ll let the photos tell the story…

To give a sense of the size, I created this panoramic view by stitching together three wide angle photos. © Frank Simpson


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One thought on “New Vineyard…Just outside Petaluma!

  1. I hope I don’t have to provide a punch line to reply. Wanted to thank you for sharing, and boast a little about Illinois vineyards — a lot has happened since you were here! The closest large one is in Mackinaw — Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, I think — I’ve been to one in a very small town toward Quincy, and some in Utica, Manito, Ursa. In fact just pulled out a brochure — the Vintage Illinois Wine Festival, which involved 25 wineries in 2010. I’ve noticed the ambiance is always so relaxed — or is it that glass of wine?


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