Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
Wine Tours - Visiting Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
A visit to Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery features three varieties of grapes. On one hand, Merlot, planted in 1992, and Syrah, planted in 2002, grow. On the south side of the hill, Pinot Noir flourishes. In 2007, Zinfandel was planted and soon will be introduced to the estate’s line of offerings.
Hunter Hill is located on the original property of Secondo and Sarah Manildi. The Manildis grew grapes, stone fruit and apples at the turn of the 20th century. Their granddaughter Christine Slatter and her husband Vann, who serves as winemaker, replaced the apple orchard with Merlot grapes in 1992. Soon, Mr. Slatter was making a barrel of wine in the basement. They followed suit with the addition of Pinot Noir. Today, the six-acre estate produces ten to eighteen tons of grapes a year.
A number of the Hunter Hill wines have received awards. The 2006 Pinot Noir won a silver medal from the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine competition. The 2005 Merlot won a bronze medal in the same competition. The 2004 Pinot Noir has won bronze as well. The 2002 Syrah has won a double gold medal at the California State Fair. The 2000 Merlot won silver at the San Diego Wine Competition.
Visitors are encouraged to walk through the vineyards and have a picnic in the gazebo. Guests can take in the view of nearby Nicene Marks State Park. Also enjoyable is a relaxing rest on the patio with a glass of wine.