Hawk and Horse Vineyards
Hawk and Horse Vineyards is open by appointment over the holidays. Phone ahead for reservations: 707/481-6841.
13048 Hwy. 29, Lower Lake, California 95457 – Winery
FOUNDED: In 1999 by the Boies and Hawkins families; first release was 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
WE ARE: Family-owned and operated vineyard and ranch practicing biodynamic viticulture on a historic property in the Red Hills AVA of Lake County, specializing in estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Latigo (port)
PROPRIETORS: The Boies and Hawkins families
MANAGEMENT: David Boies, Christopher Boies, Mitch Hawkins, Tracey Hawkins
VINEYARD MANAGEMENT: Mitch Hawkins
WINEMAKING: Dr. Richard Peterson, Tracey Hawkins
APPELLATION: Red Hills, in Lake County, California
RANCH: 1,300 acres, straddling elevations from 1,800 to 2,200 feet and slopes of 15% to 85%; property includes the location of El Roble Grande, the largest oak recorded in California; ranch is also home to a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle, three American Saddlebred horses, five American Quarterhorses and wildlife including bees, hawks, owls, bear, wild boar, bobcats, mountain lions and squirrels; guesthouse is a three-story hand-built traditional log home.
VINEYARDS: 18 acres currently planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 acres planted in 2001; Petite Sirah, 1 acre planted in 2007; Cabernet Franc, 1 acre planted in 2007; Petite Verdot, 1 acre planted in 2007. Soil is rocky, red volcanic soils consisting of Aiken, Collayomi, and Whispering loam. Lake County Diamonds, actually a form of silica used to make Biodynamic preparations, are abundant. They are a natural product from the ancient volcanic activity of nearby Mt. Konocti, a now dormant volcano.
FARMING: Biodynamic – Demeter-certified since 2008
Organic – California Certified Organic (CCOF) since 2004
Head trained, cane pruned
Trellis: VSP (Vertical Shoot Position)
Cabernet Sauvignon Clones: Entav 191, Entav 337, 15, 337
Spacing: 5×8 (1,089 vines/acre)
NAME: The winery takes its name from the plentiful Red-Tail Hawks on the property as well as the ranch’s history as an equestrian facility. Known as El Roble Grande in the ’60’s and ’70’s, the ranch was formerly an Arabian breeding estate. The Boies and Hawkins families maintain the original rustic elegance of the ranch and welcome visitors for tours and tastings. The equestrian elements of the ranch are now for private use only. The primary focus of the ranch is viticulture.
TASTING ROOM: Includes antique Victorian bar, Western and local memorabilia, historic photos, picnic area with horses grazing nearby ready to meet visitors