Saturday-Sunday 11-4 & by appointment
Kastania Vineyards produce small hand crafted lots of estate grown Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. www.kastaniavineyards.com
To keep the family land which was settled in the 1860s rooted in agriculture, and a viticulture class at the local community college, are just two of the reasons why Hoot and Linda Smith of Kastania Vineyards are passionate about making wine. As for the other reasons, well, those will be shared in-person when you see both Hoot and Linda behind the bar pouring their latest vintage and happily sharing family stories with guests. The quaint micro-winery is located off Kastania Road located on the western side of the newly recognized Petaluma Gap AVA, just on the outskirts of Petaluma. Here you’ll find a small parcel of nine acres planted to Pinot Noir and Bordeaux-style varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which comprise the focus of their 800-case, cool-climate, red blend and single-varietal wines.
When Hoot and Linda made the big decision to start crafting their own wines in 2001 and keep their estate-grown fruit for themselves, having previously sold it to a few well-known wineries for years, the couple knew it was going to be a labor of love. Fast-forward all these years later and you will still find Hoot out amongst the vine rows daily inspecting the bud-break in the spring or pruning away the old canes in the dormant season, or in the cellars doing “punch-downs” on his cool-climate Pinot Noirs.
What’s so special about all of the wines at Kastania Vineyards is that each and every bottle is truly handcrafted by Hoot and his small team (a.k.a. his sons, daughters-in-law and even their grandchildren) and are meant to be shared with family and friends. They now have several cuvées (French for “blend”) reflective of the clonal selection of the varietal or the block within the vineyard where the grapes were grown. Each blend is named after a set of grandchildren, further defining family winemaking at its best.
Estate-grown, cool-climate Pinot Noir and red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Tastings available at Kastania Vineyards on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm, no appointment required. $10/psn for six (6) wines, each fee waived per bottle purchase.
Bring a snack and purchase a glass of wine to sip on while you picnic on their back patio overlooking the vineyards.
Join the Kastania Wine Club and enjoy three bottles of small-lot production Pinot Noir and Bordeaux-style blends shipped to your door four times a year. Members of Kastania Wine Club enjoy:
• 20% discounts on all wine purchases
• Complimentary tastings for yourself and up to 2 guests
• First choice on all pre-released wines
• Invitations to all Kastania special events