Hawk Hill Vineyard is named after the Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks that are seen gliding above the vineyards. The vineyards are situated above the small town of Freestone, west of Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, the perfect location to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. There are 13 acres planted across the property that range in elevation from 386ft to 610ft, creating a great diversity within each row. The Goldridge soils that cover the Hawk Hill Vineyard allow for good drainage, deep rooting and moderate vigor, all key components to successful farming of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
Nestled on the edge of the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast appellations give this vineyard the advantage of the costal fog bringing a diurnal shift in temperatures, yet has an elevation that allows it to stay above the fog line much of the time. The costal influence and marine layer allow for an extended ripening period which develops the fruit character while maintaining the balance of fruit and acid within the grape.
Owners Margaret and Bill Yarak along with their Golden Retriever, Indy, maintain the highest level of farming at Hawk Hill Vineyard. Not only are they growing two of the most sought after grapes but they have chosen the best clones and rootstock for their vineyard site. To maintain the quality and adhere to the land, all farming is done by hand from pruning to harvesting in the cool hours of the night.