Suelo Farmers

Basic Info

Suelo Farmers (“soil farmers”) is a new project from Eric Prahl and Oklahoman Matt Osgood. These names might not be familiar to you now but keep both in mind, as we really believe they are one of the most talented up and coming teams out there. We are excited to welcome them, and their awesome Pinot, to our book. Both fit right in with the rest of our portfolio – cool people who care about farming and the expression of terroir. Plus, being an Okie doesn’t hurt! Eric and Matt met while working harvest at Rhys Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and bonded listening to the soundtrack from the movie Tsotsi, while doing foot punch downs. Since then, both of their careers have evolved, with Eric continuing at Rhys as the assistant winemaker before moving on to Red Car Wine Company in Sonoma and Matt taking on the viticulture and grower relations for Flowers. In between, Matt and Eric traveled separately and worked in other wine regions – Eric in Oregon and New Zealand and Matt in South Africa – which expanded their perspectives on winemaking. It was in South Africa that Matt learned the intimacy of the connection between vines and people. And it was working at Cristom in Oregon where Eric became convinced that native yeast, low sulfur and minimal intervention was the way to go. The two had talked about making wine together since the foot stomping days at Rhys, and when Eric found out about Hacienda Secoya, a multigenerational family-owned vineyard in the deep end of the Anderson Valley, the timing was right to partner and make their first wine. After that first vintage (2011) from Hacienda Secoya, the pair then found another spectacular vineyard from which to make wine for their 2012 release: Deer Meadows.

Mendocino County
Sub region:
Anderson Valley
Year founded:
Eric Prahl, Matt Osgood