Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a budding novice, Sonoma Wine Country offers a collection of destinations to indulge in savory blends. Here at Honor Mansion, one of our favorite wine regions is the Chalk Hill AVA. This scenic location spans 1,400 acres and encompasses over a dozen wineries, creating the ideal spot for a day of wine dabbling. In particular, this sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA and produces some of the most exceptional Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir varietals. Before you visit Chalk Hill AVA, download our complimentary Vacation Guide for more information on boutique wineries, cultural hubs, and exceptional dining just steps away from Honor Mansion!
Top 5 Vineyards & Wineries in Chalk Hill AVA
Just a short, 20-minute drive from our bed and breakfast, you gain unmatched access to a bounty of wineries in Chalk Hill AVA. This can be both exciting and overwhelming, as there are so many to choose from! To create an idyllic outing, review our carefully curated list of vineyards for a holistic experience on your wine-tasting getaway!
First on our list is Calluna Vineyards. Its hilltop location features unparalleled panoramic vistas of Mount St. Helena, Knights Valley, and the mighty Russian River, making it the perfect romantic destination. 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, you can reserve your appointment any day of the week.
Chalk Hill Estate
The beautiful, 1,477-acre Chalk Hill Estate showcases marvelous oak trees, serene streams, and large fields of rolling vines. With so much property to explore, consider booking a guided tour for a complete look at the land. Chalk Hill Estate also aims to provide an interactive wine experience through exclusive samplings, elegant luncheons, and even horseback riding trails and fishing ponds for your recreational enjoyment.
Lancaster Estate is located at the junction of the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations. The estate’s elegant wine tasting room is open daily, and vineyard tours are available by appointment only. If you’re unsure about which tour to choose, we recommend the Taste of Chalk Hill Road. 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 planted the first Chardonnay vines in Chalk Hill AVA. The distinctive, crisp citrus tones and floral notes of his wines made his selection widely popular. As his brand grew, he continued to perfect his winemaking techniques and produced his signature Chalk Hill Chardonnay in 1977. Attend a tasting to sample this extraordinary wine and learn more about Rodney Strong’s rise within the wine-making world.
Windsor Oaks Vineyard & Winery
Windsor Oaks is a 710-acre estate that harvests premier grapes and handcrafts award-winning wines. A premiere tour of the vineyard can only be attained by appointment, but their tasting salon is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you can’t get enough of these delectable wines, be sure to order your favorite bottle from their online wine shop. You’ll have the wonderful flavors of Chalk Hill long after you’ve returned from your luxurious getaway.
Once you’ve sipped, savored, and socialized at the many wineries in Chalk Hill AVA, head back to the refined comfort of Vineyard Suite I. You can continue your wine exploration with locally sourced wines created right on our grounds. While you’re enjoying a glass of wine, indulge in more of our upscale amenities such as a walk through our beautifully landscaped gardens followed by delicious evening hors d’oeuvres. Book your next vacation to Sonoma County today for a vacation as soothing as the velvety wine in your glass.