Food & Spirits: California Historic Landmark Number 893 in Sonoma County is also home to Hop Kiln Winery. Although hops are no longer processed here, the majestic old kilns now serve as Hop Kiln’s spectacular tasting room. The former ranch, dating from the 1850s, changed ownership in 2004 with the purpose of “upscaling and excellence,” according to CEO David Di Loreto. Currently there are estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio vineyards with immediate plans for other site-specific plantings that flourish in this appellation.
The winery produces two brands: Hop Kiln and HK Generations.
This success is partly attributed to the care taken of the precious fruit from start to finish. To accomplish this they have invested in the “Bentley” of wine processing machines from Pellenc of France. This high-tech marvel allows Hop Kiln to cultivate and harvest estate grapes at their peak with care and precision.
A visit to Hop Kiln’s unique tasting room offers an inviting array of artisanal cheeses, bread, and other delectables overseen by Chef Renzo Veronese. All in all, wine tourers might well want to hop to this landmark touring choice.
What To Buy:
‘07 Big Red Bright raspberry, blackberry notes $17
‘08 Thousand Flowers Rich nectar, fresh, zesty, floral orange blossoms $15
707.433.6491; Fax: 707.433.6436
6050 Westside Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tasting Room Open Daily 10–5
Getting There: Take Hwy 101 N to Central Healdsburg Exit. Turn onto Westside Rd. Go 6 miles to winery.
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