|Owner(s)||William Foley II|
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Chalk Hill's founder, Fred Furth, was piloting his plane over the Russian River Valley when he caught site of a natural amphitheater carved into the hills of eastern Sonoma. The winery became known for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and proprietary Estate Red wines.
William P. Foley II is the current owner. He hired Steve Nelson as the new winemaker in 2015. Nelson had been the assistant winemaker at Lewis Cellars in Napa and previously worked for Sebastiani, Joel Gott Wines and Joseph Phelps Vineyards.
A Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was released from the 2013 vintage. The Chalk Hill Estate is too warm for Pinot Noir, so the grapes were sourced from the estate Trenton Road Vineyard, just a few miles west of the winery. The 45-acre Trenton Road Vineyard is planted primarily to Mt. Eden, Pommard, Swan and 777 clones.
Tours and tastings are offered in a variety of formats. The tasting room is open daily.