Discover a maverick when you meet Terragena Vineyard’s Chris Buchanan. Making a dramatic career change in 2008, Chris moved from New Orleans to Humboldt County’s Myer Flat. As a mathematical researcher, Chris was keen on creating everything from scratch. He started with nothing and ultimately developed a small limited production off-the-grid winery. It began with a yurt and moved to the construction of off-the-grid water and power sources. By 2010 he built his vineyard house. Finally, in 2013, Chris planted his 2-acre vineyard with various clones of Pinot Noir.
Terragena means born of the earth and represents all aspects of Chris’s property, from building the structures, constructing his power sources, and planting the vineyard. They all were born of the earth. Like a pioneer moving across the country in the 1800s, he started with a piece of land and created something unique and wonderful with his off-the-grid winery.
Off-The-Grid Winery – Vineyard
Chris chose this Humboldt County for several reasons, including its coastal origins in proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The land is less expensive, and the area diverse. His property is located on a ridge, and the soils are composed of shale and sandstone.
Not only is Chris’s endeavor off-the-grid, but he also could not have picked a more obscure and remote area to cultivate grapes and produce wine. The area is rural and isolated. Fortunately, one will soon discover, Humboldt County is proving to be an excellent area for producing some outstanding wines. Chris’s portfolio consists of 20 different wines. Besides the grapes he cultivates, Chris sources grapes from six small family vineyards.
This article was republished with permission from Cori Solomon. Read the entire story on The Written Palette here.