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Fall Newsletter 2017

16th Oct 2017 @ 15:57 by Kristen


We are very excited about our 2017 wines! This harvest has been a true roller coaster ride. Early bud break and a warm, wet spring season had everyone expecting an early harvest until record-breaking heat waves in July and August impeded ripening. When vines get above 95 degrees, photosynthesizing tends to shut down. John has never seen a harvest this warm in Dry Creek Valley! Luckily, the vines recovered by September and our first grapes were picked on Sept. 2nd; a week later than last year. From that point forward, it’s been all hands-on deck. The winery is bustling with activity from the wee hours of the morning until the sun sets. Our cellar is filled with enticing aromas of fermentation and we look forward to toasting to another great vintage. The harvest moon doesn’t set until all the wines are finished and slumbering away in barrels.


Harvesting of the vines always brings the Hawley family together in celebration and recognition of the beauty and bounty of Sonoma County and, specifically, our own special pocket in the midst of it all. And with the newest little addition to our family, we have even more to celebrate! Meghan and Paul’s baby girl, Bryn, is looking to big cousins Emmy and Hayes for guidance in playtime and mischief, and, like the wines we bottle, our growing family just keeps getting better with age.


Got a favorite Hawley wine pairing? Email us your own special recipe (and photo for bonus points!) The Grand Prize-winner will receive a Hawley apron and will be featured in our December Newsletter! We’re excited to taste what you’ve got cooking! Email recipes and pictures to by November 1st.


  • November 11th – Family Dinner at Monti’s Rotisserie in Santa Rosa, CA

  • December 9th – Holiday Party at the Hawley Tasting Room

  • January 13-14th – Winter Wineland at the Hawley Tasting Room

  • February 17th – Puppy Love Pick Up Party at the Hawley Tasting Room

  • March 3-4th – Barrel Tasting Weekend at the Hawley Tasting Room