Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a novice to wine culture, Sonoma Wine Country offers a collection of destinations to purchase savory blends. Here at Honor Mansion, one of our favorite regions is the Chalk Hill AVA. Also the Chalk Hill American Viticultural Area, this scenic expanse spans 1,400 acres and offers a dozen wineries. It’s a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA and produces some of the most exceptional Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc varietals.
Before you visit the magnificent Chalk Hill AVA, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide for more information on boutique wineries, cultural hubs, and exceptional dining establishments, as well as where to stay at Honor Mansion!
Top 5 Vineyards & Wineries in Chalk Hill AVA
Named for its chalky, volcanic soil, the Chalk Hill AVA maintains a slightly warmer climate with less cool fog than other nearby winegrowing regions. Just a short 20-minute drive from our luxurious bed and breakfast, this wonderful place is the idyllic way to spend the afternoon. Review our carefully curated list of vineyards to explore and visit on your romantic getaway!
Perched on a hilltop, Calluna Vineyards features panoramic vistas of Mount St. Helena, Knights Valley, and the mighty Russian River. This wine lover’s paradise produces hearty Bordeaux grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. If you wish to visit, reserve your appointment any day of the week.
Chalk Hill Estate
This beautiful 1,477-acre estate showcases marvelous oak trees, consists of serene streams, and features 350 acres of rolling vines. Take a guided tour of the property, sample wines in the tasting room, or attend one of the estate’s elegant luncheons or dinners. The property also offers horseback riding trails and fishing ponds for your recreational enjoyment. Whatever you delight in Chalk Hill Estate, it’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 53-acre Lancaster Estate is located at the junction of the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations. The estate’s winery is open daily for tastings, and vineyard tours are available by appointment only. If you’re having difficulty choosing a tour, we recommend the Taste of Chalk Hill. You’ll be escorted around the property to enjoy exclusives tastings at Chalk Hill Estate, Roth Estate, and Lancaster Estate all in one day.
Rodney Strong Vineyards
In 1965, Rodney Strong was the first person to plant Chardonnay vines in the Chalk Hill AVA. After the vines grew, he enjoyed this distinctive varietal, which features crisp citrus tones and floral notes. He continued to perfect his winemaking techniques and began producing the refreshing Chalk Hill Chardonnay in 1977. Today, you can a tour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or a tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Windsor Oaks Vineyard & Winery
Windsor Oaks is a 710-acre estate that harvests premier grapes and handcrafts award-winning vino. The exclusive collection of wines remains available only to wine club members, visitors, and through their online wine shop. The estate is only open to the public 18 days out of the year. However, tours and tastings are available by appointment anytime.
Book Your Stay at the Honor Mansion!
Once you’ve sipped, savored, and socialized at one of the wineries in the Chalk Hill AVA, head back to the refined comfort our Healdsburg bed and breakfast. Here at Honor Mansion, you’ll not only be treated to upscale accommodations but also locally-sourced wines right on our grounds. While you’re enjoying a glass of vino, indulge in scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and excellent varietals. After you’ve finished your share, relax in your comfortable suite and unwind after your Wine Country adventures. Book your next vacation to Sonoma County today before someone else reserves your dates tomorrow!