California Wine Society Event With Horse-Drawn Carriages & Barrel Building


Hawk and Horse Vineyards, one of the very few biodynamic estate vineyard wineries in California, announces its first annual Wine Society Social, taking place on September 29 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a family-owned and family-operated vineyard and ranch practicing biodynamic viticulture on a historic property in the Red Hills AVA of Lake County, California, specializing in estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Latigo (port).

Guests will taste the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, a library reserve wine, as well as the current release, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and have a pre-release taste of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 proprietary dessert wine, Latigo.

You can take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the ranch, where you can not only the herd of Scottish highland cattle but also numerous ranch horses. The event also includes a local celebrity chef preparing a BBQ lunch (tri-tip, baked beans, salad and more). In addition, Phill Burton, the owner of Barrel Builders, will demonstrate how an oak barrel is made. The winery’s Wine Society members will be able to take their fall wine selection home with them when they leave.

The horse-drawn carriage features majestic Belgian Draft horses driven by Glenn and Dana Benjamin. Dr. Glenn Benjamin is also the veterinarian of Safari West, and can offer anecdotes about what it’s like to trim the hooves of a rhino or assist in the delivery of a baby giraffe.

A visit to Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a step back in time, to the white-fence-bordered pastures full of horses, a charming home-turned-tasting room with an antique Victorian bar, historic photos of the property and local memorabilia. Recently the California State Fair awarded Hawk and Horse Vineyards a Certificate of Excellence in Viticulture. Proprietors Mitch and Tracey Hawkins are recognized as some of the leading biodynamic viticulturists in California.

The winery farms its 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot biodynamically. The vineyards straddle slopes from a 15% grade to 85%, at elevations up to 2,200 feet, situated in the Red Hills AVA of California.” An unusual aspect most visitors comment on is that the soil literally glitters, due to the abundance of Lake County “diamonds,” tiny silica fragments which are the remnants of volcanic activity from the Mayacama and Vaca volcanic mountain ranges and nearby Mt. Konocti, a now dormant volcano.

The ranch is home to a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle as well as the horses and an enormous range of wildlife—from Red Tail hawks to bees, owls, bear, wild boar, bobcats, mountain lions and squirrels. Bird-watching brings glimpses of woodpeckers, bluebirds, herons, ducks and more. The property includes a plaque documenting the historical location of El Roble Grande, the largest Valley Oak ever recorded in California.






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