Celebrate Earth Day! Every day is Earth Day at Bartholomew Estate Winery. It is a haven for pollinators. Located within the 375-acre Bartholomew Park, the winery has intentional plantings to attract these helpful creatures – in front of the historic mission-style winery building, and on the Oak Knoll and Courtyard Patio tasting areas. Antonia’s Garden picnic grounds is just adjacent to the winery. It is also host to a selection of attractive plants, trees and flowers.
Among the pollinator-friendly plantings are blooming fruitless apricot and flowering plum trees, a variety of salvias, cat mint, rosemary, germander, iris, lavender, agapanthus, rock roses, and ceanothus – all attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees who have made the park their home. The crabapple trees that line the driveway entrance, as well as the cherry trees in the garden behind the Villa, are also delightful attractions to these pollinators.
We source 22 acres of organically farmed vineyards on the estate to make Bartholomew Estate wines. Grapevines themselves are self-fertilizers so don’t require pollinators. However, the pollinators are extremely beneficial to the cover crops. They help with its overall health of the vineyard and the biodiversity of the ecosystem.
This Earth Day, we are happy to share seed packets with our winery guests. They have been specially curated to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The packets are provided by local real estate agent & founder of the Sonoma Nature Club, Brenda McNeill, with the support of Sonoma Syrup Company, and help of the mentors and mentees of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance (who assembled the packets together). This outreach program is designed to share the beauty of a spring garden, as well as provide habitats for the treasured contributors to our larger ecosystem. We hope you join us in the celebration and plant the seeds at home!
Learn more about our winery experiences and book a wine tasting here. Make a day of it! Hike the 3+ miles of trails in the park. Or, bring a picnic to enjoy in Bartholomew Park. Pick up at bottle of Antonia’s Garden Rosé of Zinfandel from the winery and toast to our pollinators.
*Seed packets are free of charge, while supplies last.