November 5, 2019
New Vintage, New Lease on Life
Along with the entire county, the Hawley Winery team prepared for evacuation a mere week after our last fruit was harvested for the 2019 vintage. A fire across the valley in Geyserville had started the evening of October 23rd and a windstorm in the forecast threatened to spread the fire straight across our county in the days following. Though we couldn't see it clearly until the week was over, it became very apparent that our lives were saved through the combined and tireless efforts of our fire crews, law enforcement and local officials. These personnel took every measure of precaution and carefully evacuated most of Northern Sonoma County. PG&E preemptively shut power off to most of the county as well, in hopes to reduce the probability of more fires starting due to downed power lines during the wind storm. No lives were lost in the Kincade fire thus far, and at 85% containment for today, we breathe a massive sigh of relief.
Our community returned home with a whole new lease on life. Downtown Healdsburg is alive and bustling, the sky is blue, green trees just beginning to change to fall colors, and one would not know there had been a fire in the area unless you knew where to look. Austin and John pressed out or last grapes, the winery is safe, and though our nerves have been affected by the fires, our new 2019 vintage has not.
The 2019 Harvest season started strong with our Estate Viognier fruit picked on August 29th. After that, we brought in Zin for Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, more Viognier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Rockpile Zin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Nebbiolo, Late Harvest Zin, and on October 17th, the last fruit picked was Russian River Zinfandel! Seven weeks of harvest mania: long days, hard work, shuffling equipment, and lots of cleaning. We couldn't be happier with the quality of our fruit this year and we look forward to an epic bottling in December. If you haven't already, check out Hawley harvest photos and videos here: #HawleyHarvest2019