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Hanzell Vineyards

18596 Lomita Avenue
Sonoma, CA 95476
Hanzell Vineyards
In 1948, Ambassador James D. Zellerbach acquired 200 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains one mile north of the Sonoma plaza. The Ambassador's ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to the best traditions of Grand Cru Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of extraordinary quality and great longevity. The Zellerbachs planted 6 acres in 1953 (now the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in America) and created the first vintage in 1957. They named their winery Hanzell, a contraction of Mrs. Hana Zellerbach's name, and embarked on what would become recognized as one of California's most enduring and historically important wine estates. The Zellerbachs' achievement passed to the Day family in 1965 and then in 1975 the de Brye family acquired the estate.

Alexander de Brye has presided over Hanzell for the longest period of Hanzell's considerable history and with his patronage the historical property and deep traditions of Hanzell have been honored, protected and promoted.

The original 6 acre vineyard has grown to 46 acres today, allowing Hanzell to produce 5,000 cases annually: three-quarters Chardonnay and one-quarter Pinot Noir. Through five decades Hanzell has pursued empirical winemaking and established traditions on which great cellar-worthy winemaking is predicated. The Hanzell wines honor Ambassador Zellerbach's vision and carry forward one of the greatest legacies of winemaking in the New World.
AVAs Where Wines Are From:
Moon Mountain
Sonoma Valley
Prominent Wines Produced:
Pinot Noir
Tasting Room Info:
By Appointment Only
Days / Hours Tasting Room is Open: By appointment only.
Tours and Visitor Experiences:
Tours/Hikes Description and Times: Heritage Winery Tour
After beginning this experience in our Ambassador’s 1953 Vineyard, one of our knowledgeable Estate Educators will lead you through our state-of-the-art winery and barrel-aging cave. Throughout your visit, we will share with you our history, farming, and winemaking philosophy. We will explore the historic Heritage winery and conclude with a seated tasting of our current release wines.

Private Estate Tour
Hosted by one of our knowledgeable Estate Educators, this private experiencewill begin in the original Ambassador’s 1953 Vineyard, after which you will enjoy a driving tour of our estate vineyards; Zellerbach Vineyard, de Brye Vineyard, Ramos Vineyard and the Sessions Vineyard. Afterwards, we will lead you through our state-of-the-art winery and barrel-aging cave while we discuss our history, farming and winemaking philosophy. In our Heritage Winery, a seated tasting of our current release wines will conclude the visit.
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