San Francisco Bay is perhaps the greatest open water swimming venue in the world – winds, currents, cold, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate and if you’re lucky the occasionally biting seal – what’s not to love?
But none of this would be possible without good clean Bay water. Oil, toxic runoff and sewage are constant threats. San Francisco Baykeeper has been on the case for 33 years with major legal and scientific victories that have resulted in a cleaner Bay in the past decades.
Since 2013, our family has vinified Rosé for the Bay to support the critical work of Baykeeper to maintain and promote a thriving estuary. The grapes are grown on Poseidon Vineyard, planted by Nicholas and Catherine Molnar in 1974 along the very northern edge of San Francisco Bay. At high tide the adjacent Napa River tastes of salt, a reminder of the sea’s reach and proximity. The fogs triggered by the proximate intertidal tracts of the Bay are key to the quality of our fruit – our work and our wine is intertwined with the life and health of the Bay.
On April 30 we are planning to swim 18 hours from Poseidon Vineyard to San Francisco to support Baykeeper, enjoy our improving waterways, and honor the life of Nicholas Molnar (pictured here) who passed this January. Each team will swim a bottle of the new 2021 vintage up to the beach at Aquatic Park after a 36-mile journey from Poseidon Vineyard down the river towards the sea. Join us and support the teams and swimmers as we all work to protect the Bay we love.