Robert Hunter Winery (RHW) is a boutique winery located in the Sonoma Valley. RHW has four great wines and all sourced from the estate vineyard. Limited quantities of Brut de Noirs (Bubbles), Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon are produced by our President/Winemaker, Robert Hunter III.
In addition, RHW has a superlative view and an exotic botanical garden. Garden tours are available by appointment only.
Bob Hunter began planting the Hunter Farms vineyard in 1973 and the current 42 acre vineyard is planted to the following varieties (from most acres to fewest acres) Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. The grapes for the Robert Hunter Wines are all sourced from this ‘little piece of Sonoma County.’
Chris Bowen is the vineyard manager for Hunter Farms. He has been upgrading the growing techniques and improving grape quality since 1983.
Robert Hunter Winery distinguishes itself as the smallest champagne house in California. The winery is off the beaten path and available for tours by appointment only. Our tours are Mon-Sat at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am. Visit and tour the special garden and grounds overlooking the Hunter Farms vineyard in Sonoma Valley. The garden has a selection of fine plants, many of them rare, with an emphasis on leaf color and texture. The hardscape was designed by the late Thomas Church. Tours by appointment only. (707) 939-5056
A fire swept through the Mayacamas Mountains foothills in 1964, creating an environment ripe for the knobcone pines that quickly repopulated the land. Four years later, Jane Davenport Jansen purchased more than 40 acres of the nascent thicket, taming it with vineyards planted on the open valley floor. In 1987, she began cultivating a garden along the rocky, steep hillsides, which were pocked with the remains of abandoned rock quarries. Heavy rains and natural infiltration of waters created a group of ponds, creating a serene natural environment that Jansen soon planted with seedlings, flowers, and plants from seeds collected on more than 25 annual Asian expeditions. Until she passed away in 2000, Jansen funded the growth and cultivation of the 25-acre garden, which is now one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-source Asian plants on the continent. Visitors can view the rare plants and vast selection of Asian greenery blossoming from the Glen Ellen countryside as they meander through the gardens during self-led tours.
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