John and Dana Hawley came to Dry Creek Valley in 1975. John built their house on the weekends, overlooking a dilapidated vineyard. John did his best to care for the unkempt vineyard and was eventually able to harvest a small amount of Zinfandel with family and friends in 1979. Sadly, the vineyard had seen better days. With many vines diseased or dead it did not produce enough crop to be viable. In 1982 the old vines were ripped out and the ground was prepared for a new seven acre block of Merlot. A case of John’s hobby wine from the old vines still slumbers in his cellar bearing the label “Clos Du Garage”.