Coates Vineyards, certified organic biodynamic winery, is in the Six Rivers National Forest near the small town of Orleans in Northern California. It was founded by Norman Coates, an organic farmer, winemaker, and vineyard manager in 1991 with the planting of the first of five vineyards. Before the vineyards were established, a wide variety of organically grown fruits and vegetables had been farmed on this land by Coates under the trade name Gem of the River Produce. Organic produce has been grown here and at two other nearby farms by Coates for the past 35 years and shipped to local organic produce markets, farmers markets, and organic wholesalers throughout the United States.