Why the Deering Name? Blair is a descendant of the Deering McCormick family, early developers of farming technologies. William Deering, Blair’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather, moved the family from Paris, Maine, where he had run the family’s woolen mill, to Illinois in 1873. There he purchased a farm equipment manufacturer and renamed it the Deering Harvester Company. His reapers enabled farmers to substantially increase productivity, playing a significant part in the country’s agricultural growth. The 1902 merger with McCormick Reaper Company and others formed International Harvester, the largest farm equipment manufacturer in the world.
Todd’s family has also been involved in farming for hundreds of years. The family started farming in Austria, and then migrated to Colorado in the mid 1800’s. Unfortunately, the Dust Bowl made dirt farming and ranching in Colorado impossible. Family members then began harvesting ice. They created ponds in the Rocky Mountains and harvested starting New Years Day, selling it to the railroads and stockyards in Denver.
Today, we continue the dedication to improving agricultural practices and the love of farming started by our ancestors’ centuries ago. Todd’s passion has always been working with his hands, whether it was crabbing on Alaskan fish boats, building titanium racing bicycles or creating intricate woodwork in Colorado. But his biggest passion and fascination has been with beverages. As a child, Todd would mix fruit juices to develop the best flavor combination and in later years he brewed beer in his family’s garage. When he moved to the Bay Area, a passion for wine began. While working in San Francisco during the day, he took night courses on winemaking and grape growing in Napa at night.
In 2004, we decided to combine our shared love for drinking wine with Todd’s passion for growing grapes. We moved our young family to Sonoma County, purchased vineyard land and began the adventure. Today, you will see Todd in the fields and working with the winemaker. In addition to being a full time mom, Blair can be found behind the scenes leveraging her master’s degree to help manage the day-to-day aspects of the business.
At Deering, our farming heritage and family's history in America’s agricultural past are important to us. We are proud of our wines and excited to share them with you. We hope that you enjoy them today and in the years to come.Cheers!
Co-Proprietors, Blair & Todd Maus
In 2004, we purchased 16 acres of Old Vine Zinfandel and Maus Vineyards was established. Our property was part of the historic Beltane Ranch located in the Mayacamas region of the Sonoma County Viticulture area. An area known for its rocky slopes which are comprised of volcanic basalt, shale and sandstone bedrocks. The vines love the cool maritime influence accompanied by evening fog and many warm sunny days. Our property is at a high elevation which allows the fog to burn off sooner. This creates great morning sun exposure that carries through to the afternoon. As a result, the property is suited for many different varietals.
The Deering property totals 106 acres of which we only plan to plant 30. We are very sensitive to the environment and are practicing sustainable organic farming. This means that we are only planting in brush areas, allowing us to save the beautiful old oak trees and creating a good balance of wild land where beneficial insects can thrive and there are good homes for owls, bats and foxes. In addition to our Maus Vineyard Zinfandel, we have planted 3.5 acres of Petite Syrah, 1.5 acres of Grenache, 1 acre of Mourvedre and 1 acre of Charbono. These are currently in root stock with the expectation of producing grapes in 3-4 years. What about the other 7 acres? Keep checking in with us. We plan on planting them with some other interesting varietals within the next 5 years.