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Hawkes Butte

Nestled at the base of Hawks Butte on a series of benches and hillsides, our estate vineyard is about 1200' above sea level and 35 miles inland from the Pacific coast. The estate, really more of a ranch, is entirely within the Yorkville Highlands appellation. The south-facing, rocky slopes of Hawks Butte Vineyard heat up to 90 to 100 degrees during summer days, but cool in the evenings since a coastal breeze and occasional rolling fog bank reach inland. The rocky soils and exposure of the vineyard make for challenging growing conditions, but produce slow-growing, low-yield vines with small, intense syrah and merlot.

Old Chatham Ranch Vineyard is a very special place, perched on a hilltop at 1800 feet with a sweeping view of three watersheds – Russian River, Dry Creek and Navarro River. Owners Kit and George Lee, originally from the town of North Chatham, New York, planted their vineyard in 1999 and have cared for it attentively over the last decade. Old Chatham Ranch has quite a history too, as it is the site of one of the oldest homesteads in the area, built by a retired sea captain in 1853.