Bradford Mountain perches above Dry Creek Valley at over 1,000 feet above sea level. On the rocky Eastern slopes, Hawley Vineyard and Winery sits well above the fog that blankets the valley floor most mornings. The hillside soil is rocky and weak; the topsoil washed down to the valley floor centuries ago. Our vines have to toil for water and nutrients and it is through this struggle that great grapes are born.
Ten acres of the estate are plated to grapes: Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Viognier. From the steep trellised rows at the top of the vineyard, you can see from one end of the valley to the other. John will argue that vines need a view make great wine.
ESTATE VINEYARD FACTS
First Hawley Vintage: 1995
Annual Case Production: 3500
Hawley Vineyard Elevation: 1000ft
Soil Type: Boomer Loam
Climate Classification: Region II
Estate Vineyard Acreage: 9.5