December 18, 2009 15:05 ET
Anaba Wines First in Northern California to Use Wind Power in Wine Production
SONOMA, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2009) - When John Sweazey introduced his new wine label
late last year, he decided to call it Anaba after the unique, upward
flowing air currents -- called anabatic winds -- that flow through the
vineyards on his Carneros property. This week, the name took on new
meaning when Anaba became the first winery in Northern California to use
wind power in the production of wine.
On Thursday, a construction crew from Jonas Energy in Lake County, aided by
a crane, installed a 45-foot Skystream 3.7 wind turbine on Anaba's vineyard
and tasting room property, located at 60 Bonneau Road in Sonoma, at the
intersection of Highways 116 and 121. According to Sweazey, the turbine is
expected to generate 40 to 75 percent of the electricity needed to power
Anaba's tasting room, offices, irrigation system and cased goods storage
"From all indications, we're the first in Northern California to utilize
wind power in wine production," Sweazey explained. "And while we're
excited about that, it's just the first step for us. When we start
construction on our new winery, we plan to install solar panels to harvest
sunlight as well. That will give us a powerful combination of wind and
solar, which will move us well on our way to becoming a 'green' winery."
The Skystream 3.7 wind turbine has a 2.4kW rating and was produced by
Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, AZ.
In addition to becoming a national leader in small-scale renewable energy
use, Anaba also will reap other benefits from the installation of the wind
"We expect it to attract visitors, especially since it's so visible at what
is already one of the busiest intersections in Sonoma County," Sweazey
said. "And we also plan to use the turbine's image on the labels of a new
portfolio of Anaba wines that we will be introducing shortly after the
first of the year."
For those interested in seeing Anaba's wind turbine in action, the Anaba
Tasting Room, located at 60 Bonneau Road in Sonoma, is open daily from
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional information is online at