Chalk Hill Wine History
The History of Chalk Hill Wine Production
In 1972, Chalk Hill Estate’s Frederick Furth bought his initial 242 acres. Furth is an internationally renowned attorney who has a passion for food, music and wine. Frederick and his wife Peggy Furth currently own over 1200 acres in the region.
In 1986, Judy Jordan founded J Vineyards. Initially producing only a brut sparkling wine, Jordan now produces several still wines as well. Winemaker Oded Shakked joined the team in 1988 and has been with J Vineyards ever since.
Albini Family Vineyards is a very small producer that was founded in 1991. They make about 500 cases of Merlot and Zinfandel a year. Bill Kreck planted 7 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the AVA in 1992. He uses these grapes to make an excellent wine called “Reflections.”
In 1997, Barry and Phyllis Rodgers purchased Chateau Felice. The winery is located near the town of Healdsburg and offers tastings and tours by appointment. The Rodgers’ daughter, Genevieve Llerena, is the winemaker at Chateau Felice.
There are currently a little over 1,000 acres of vines in the Chalk Hill AVA. Chardonnay has consistently had the most success, with Bordeaux varietals accounting for large plantings as well.
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