Kings Hill Cellars
The wine enthusiast often feels like he or she has not been fully satiated
until they make their own wine. More and more opportunities are cropping
up to allow novices to become winemakers. Kings Hill Cellars is a
new entrant into the business, but unlike firms that produce wine for
customers, Kings Hill Cellars provides members with hands-on experience
and the opportunity to participate in most phases of production
starting with sorting and de-stemming, then crushing and pressing, and
finally to blending and bottling. An in-house graphic artist designs
logos and private labels.
The winery is a state-of-the-art facility that is specifically designed to
make small lots of handcrafted wines. The winery crushed its first fruit in 2006 with friends and family, and now
is making memberships available to others. Members have the option of making a 30 or 60 gallon barrel of
wine that yields 12 or 24 cases respectively. The price includes grapes from mainly North Coast vineyards, a
winemaking tutorial, consultation as needed, the use of equipment, staff cellar practices (racking, topping and
monitoring), and standard packaging (750 ml bottles, cases, corks, and wine labels).
Kings Hill Cellars is owned and managed by Lindsay Austin, an entrepreneur and former business executive
who moved to the wine country in 2001. Austin hired winemaker Richard Mansfield to help design the facility
and Mansfield assists members through all critical steps, leaving them free to learn and enjoy the process.
Kings Hill Cellars also accommodates small vineyard owners interested in making wine from their own grapes.
Kings Hill Cellars is located at 3404 Kings Hill Road, Santa Rosa, CA. See www.kingshillcellars.com for contact
information and additional details.