About Chalk Hill

Chalk Hill Estate

Perhaps no other winery captures the casual luxury of Sonoma County better than Chalk Hill Estate. Founded in 1972, this spectacular 1,300-acre property features 300 acres of vineyards, wilderness areas, winery, hospitality center, organic culinary garden, residence, and equestrian pavilion. The winery’s vineyards are thoughtfully woven through the native foliage and contoured to fit the intricate terrain. More than two-thirds of the Chalk Hill Estate remains uncultivated. The higher elevations offer stunning views of the Russian River Valley to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east.

Founding Story

On a spring day in 1972, while piloting his plane over the Russian River, Chalk Hill’s founder, Fred Furth, caught his first view of a natural amphitheatre carved into the hills of eastern Sonoma. His intuition told him the land had the potential to support a world-class vineyard. A subsequent tour confirmed that the spectacular property indeed had the climate and soils to grow luxury-class wine grapes.

Our Vineyards

The diversity of the Chalk Hill topography creates a broad spectrum of different sites across which can be planted both red and white varieties. 

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The quest for quality is the basis for all winemaking decisions on the Chalk Hill Estate. With an estate-wide, shared aesthetic, the process is light-handed, non-invasive, and sustainable, allowing each bottle to emulate the essence of the vineyard. 

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Our extensive organic gardens provide our Estate Executive Chef with a bounty of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables including many heritage varieties – that are used in specially-created dishes designed to showcase our wines.

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