In 1987, Bill Hunter graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. Prior to starting Chasseur, Hunter worked for Rombauer just north of St Helena, Bonny Doon in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Chauffe-Eau Cellars in Russian River Valley.
Mr. Hunter loved the Burgundian grapes above all others, and began making a small amount of his own wine in 1994. The first vintage of Chasseur consisted of two barrels of Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) and one barrel of Carneros Pinot Noir.
By 2001, he was making about 2,500 cases of wine. The following year, Mr. Hunter took on Alex P. Bartholomaus as a partner to help fund and distribute his wine. This led to the construction of a winery in the town of Sebastopol.
Chasseur sources grapes from several premium quality vineyards in Sonoma County. The Chardonnay is from Twin Hill Ranch, Green Acres Hill, Durell Sand Hill Ranch, Lorenzo Vineyard, Mill Station, and Rued Ranch. Mr. Hunter purchases Pinot Noir from Twin Hill Ranch, Cornerstone, Morelli Lane, Joyce Vineyard, Freestone Station, and Sylvia’s Vineyard.