Wine Tours - Visiting Hallcrest Vineyards
Established by Chaffee Hall in 1941, Hallcrest Vineyards is located in the Ben Lomond AVA. During the 1940s and 1950s, Hall gained a reputation for producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. In an era of jug and fortified wines, Hallcrest stood out from the crowd with its handcrafted estate wines.
After Chaffee retired, the winery was renamed Felton Empire for several years. In 1987, the Schumacher Family purchased the property and reinstated the Hallcrest Vineyards label.
Hallcrest takes an artisanal approach to winemaking. They do not overly manipulate their fruit in the winery; rather they let the grape’s true varietal characteristics shine through. The winery only makes about 5,000 cases of wine a year.
Their vineyard designate wines include the Perez Estates Chardonnay, Belle Farms Pinot Noir, Ciardella Pinot Noir, and Anderson Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend. Hallcrest also makes their Amador County Syrah, Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon, and two house blends called Clos de Jeannine, and Veilig.