Kunde Family Estate & Componere Fine Catering Announce Joint Venture Garden


    Chef Ethan Mantle’s Kunde Family Estate Garden Opens for “Green” Events and “Locavore” Experiences


    (Kenwood, CA August 18th, 2009)–Kunde Family Estate has announced the opening of its new estate herb and vegetable garden. Developed by Chef Ethan Mantle of Componere Fine Catering, the garden is a classic example of a new movement for companies to share resources: the Kunde family provides land to Componere in return for use of the gardens for private events and a share of the produce. And Componere has a ready source of a diverse range of herbs, heirloom and hard-to-find vegetables for on-site and other catering uses. Componere follows natural farming methods and does not use pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, only compost and Sonoma Valley soil.

    “Our urban location didn’t offer enough room for a large garden,” said Chef Mantle. “When catering at Kunde Family Estate, we saw the land we needed. We presented the idea of planting gardens on the estate, and we got an immediate green light from the family based on our mutual belief that ‘what grows together goes together’ in terroir driven wines and food.”

    Mantle is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York. His dream of farming his own garden was inspired during his time at the French Laundry. “We can pick a perfectly sun-ripened tomato, with no concern about it being too ripe for the rigors of shipping or storing, and have it at our Emeryville kitchen in an hour, still warm from the sun.”

    “This project is very exciting because it complements our sustainable winegrowing and hospitality efforts,” said fourth generation winegrower, Marcia Kunde. “Now we have access to one of the finest Bay Area caterers for events featuring menus created with food grown right here at the winery and paired with our 100% estate grown wines. We’ve created a locavore’s dream!”

    In addition to Kunde Family Estate’s nationally distributed wines, the family produces small-lot, site specific blends and single block “Destination Series” wines available only through its tasting room and website. Paired with Componere Fine Catering, these wines, and the estate’s unique combination of venues make for one-of-a-kind experiences for event planners and visitors who care about the finest culinary experiences and sustainable living.

    About Kunde Family Estate

    Kunde Family Estate is one of the North Coast’s premier wine estates. Located in the Sonoma Valley, the family’s scenic 1,850-acre estate has been managed by five generations since 1904. The Kunde Family Estate winery, built in 1990, produces 100,000 cases annually with distribution throughout the United States. Today, the Kunde family sustainably farms twenty grape varietals on 700-acres of estate vineyards. The Kunde family’s sustainable farming efforts have earned them multiple awards, among them the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the State of California’s highest environmental honor, in 2008, and Second Level Green Business Certification, the highest level awarded by the San Francisco Bay Area Green Business Program, since 2005.

    Kunde Family Estate’s Tasting Room, constructed as a replica of the original Kinneybrook Ranch cattle barn, and the nearby Aging Caves are open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about Kunde Family Estate, visit www.kunde.com or call (707) 833-5501.

    Events at Kunde Family Estate: Naomi Doherty at (707) 833-5501, ext. 331 or naomi@kunde.com.

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