If you ask him, Winery Sixteen 600’s winemaker Phil Coturri might quote a Levon Helm song and describe himself as a “poor old dirt farmer.” However, after 35 years pioneering organic and biodynamic winegrowing in California, descriptions of him range from “famed organic viticulturalist” by the Hollywood Reporter to “the ubiquitous wizard of sustainable winemaking” by Sonoma magazine. He was born with the cultural palate of Italian immigrants, weaned on the music and ethos of San Francisco in the 1960s and planted deep into the rocky hillsides of Sonoma Valley.
Sixteen 600 believes that the pursuit of premium wine begins with a vibrant, healthy vineyard ecosystem that allows vines to flourish and grapes to show the individuality of the terroir. In the decades since growing his first organic vineyard, Phil has proven that not only are sustainable farming practices better for the famers and the environment, but they also produce better wine. The grapes used for Winery Sixteen 600 are all certified organic or biodynamic. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are ever applied. Dense covercrops and insectuaries promote biodiversity and enrich the rocky soils with vital nutrients. Yields are kept low, and vines are hand-worked and watered minimally. The result is a ripe, rich, vibrantly flavored, full-bodied wine that allows the varietals and the region to shine.