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Chalk Hill Estate
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Perhaps no other winery captures the casual luxury of Sonoma County better than Chalk Hill Estate. Founded nearly four decades ago, this spectacular property features 1,300 acres of wilderness areas interspersed with 300 acres of vineyards, winery, hospitality center, culinary garden, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds, and guest houses.
From the top of the Estate visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Russian River Valley to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east.
The property features 13 soil types ranging from ancient alluvial deposits to young volcanic soils strewn with rocks and boulders. A distinctive layer of volcanic ash lies under much of the topsoil inspiring the name “Chalk Hill.” The complex soils and climate allow Chalk Hill Estate to produce great wines from a wide range of grape varieties.
The winery’s vineyards are thoughtfully woven through the native foliage and contoured to fit the intricate terrain. The vines are farmed using low-input, sustainable viticultural practices to preserve the long-term viability of the ecosystem.
There are a number of memorable activities available to visitors of Chalk Hill Estate. First and foremost, is the wine tasting. Chalk Hill is also famous for its tours. The Estate Tour explores the history, viticulture and winemaking practices at the property. The Culinary Lunch Tour examines the organic gardens and vineyards. The organically farmed produce is the inspiration for Chef Didier Ageorges’ culinary artistry. The tour includes a sit-down tasting of estate wines paired with Didier’s menu of several small plates in the Pavilion – an extraordinary conservatory overlooking the equestrian center.
For equestrians, there are the Estate Vineyard Trail Rides on horseback. Guests begin their journey at the magnificent Equestiran Center and ride through the vineyards with respected polo professional, Rafael Hernandez.
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