Come and enjoy a rustic-modern food, wine and olive oil experience.
It would be fair to describe Tim Bucher as a Renaissance man. Born in the Russian River Valley and raised on a dairy farm, Tim’s love of tractors began at the tender age of eight when his mechanical mind drove him to learn how to repair them. Since then, he’s honed his tractor skills, bought prized acreage, planted grapes, made wine, earned two degrees (a Bachelors in computer science from UC Davis and a graduate degree in electrical engineering from Stanford), been involved in multiple start-ups.
All of this brings us to Trattore Farms—with their award-winning wines and olive oils—the current part of Tim’s long and varied career. The farm is known throughout Dry Creek Valley as a leader in sustainable agriculture, working hard to protect not only the environment but the local economy as well. Now commonplace in the industry, Tim Bucher and Trattore were doing this long before it became fashionable, due in large part to Tim’s innovative and tech-driven approach to agriculture and farming.
The Three Ps
Trattore—Italian for tractor—is a tribute to Tim’s appreciation for the craftsmanship and enduring tradition of a particular red 1967 Bucher tractor he brought over from Switzerland. Today, that iconic tractor is seen both on their wine label and displayed in the tasting room.
The farm adheres to an ethos of People-Product-Place meaning a steadfast commitment to rich farming traditions in the vineyard and attention to detail in the cellar, which come together to produce incredible wines. For guests, this means excellent customer service and amazing Rhone varieties all grown and produced locally in beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Trattore is also home to a 10-acre olive grove and its own stone mill where farm-grown olive oil is lovingly produced.
Get Your Boots Dirty
The Trattore team wants nothing more than for you to come, relax and get a little dirty while enjoying your time on the farm. That said, they have a standing invitation for visitors to join them on the Kawasaki mule for a tour through the vineyards, down to the olive grove and beyond—40 acres in total. According to general manager Michelle Robson, this is the single best way to experience what Trattore is all about. “Get to know us and the land. Spend time luxuriating in what surrounds you,” says Robson. “Plus, riding the mule is really fun.”
Back at the tasting room, take advantage of the farm’s commercial kitchen and indulge in a host of delicious choices. Signature paninis include the caprese or the PB&J—prosciutto, Bohemian Creamery cheese and seasonal jams from Kozlowski Farms. Locally sourced salumi from Pete Seghesio is based around local herbs such as rosemary, sage, fennel pollen, juniper, garlic, clove and more. These delectable plates pair beautifully with Trattore’s wines.
Wood-fired pizzas with house-made dough can be found on Sundays.
“Our food program is really special and we use it to highlight our vibrant olive oils,” says Robson. “We’ll pop fresh popcorn and drizzle our various olive oils on it so guests can really taste the different flavor profiles.”
These range from the European olive varieties to citrus-based—think lime olive oil drizzled over avocado—and are all available in the tasting room. The olive oil samplers also make great corporate gifts or wedding favors.
The Bigger Picture
For over 8 years Tim and the Trattore team have been big supporters of the Grammy Foundation and FarmAid. The winery hosts house concerts in support of family farms and music in public schools. Learn more about the intimate music events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worth a visit at any time of year, Trattore Farms is at the heart of this beautiful area. Come take a tour and/or learn the deep connection between food, wine and olive oil. The perfect experience awaits.
• Tim Bucher has an affinity for tractors since he was young, hence the winery’s name and the tractor logo on the wine bottles.
• Tim grew up in Healdsburg on his family-owned dairy farm in Russian River Valley. He began making wine when he was 17 years old.
• Wine club members receive wine and olive oil in their shipments.
• Trattore’s culinary kitchen allows for food pairings, guest chefs and corporate retreats.
• Food, wine and olive oil pairings
• Charcuterie/cheese board available daily $30
• Wood-Fire Pizza Sundays
• Book a Get Your Boots Dirty Tour tour while riding on Kawasaki mules, includes a wine, food and olive oil tasting.
• Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir and Cabernet.
• More than 10 olive varieties such as Arbequina, Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Koroneiki and Picholine