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Hans Fahden Vineyards

Hans Fahden Vineyards The Fahden vineyards and winery consists of 100 acres. It is located at 1200 feet, in a range of the Mayacamus Mountains, on a ridge above Calistoga. The property features panoramic views of Mt. St. Helena. Hans and Marie Fahden, natives of Hamburg, Germany, purchased the property in 1912. They were hard-workers who farmed the land growing grapes and then prunes, when Prohibition was enacted in 1920. Sixty years later, in 1980, Antone and Lyall Fahden, the third generation, decided they liked cabernet sauvignon better than prunes. A new journey began to restore the land and make it productive. Three vineyard areas, separated by volcanic outcroppings and forests of Douglas Fir, were planted in 1982, ‘83, and ‘84. Ponds were created, roads were carved, and a wine cave was tunneled into a formation of four million year old volcanic ash. The Hans Fahden Winery became bonded in 1986. The first bottle of wine, which was produced from the 1987 vintage, was sold in 1992. The Hans Fahden Winery became licensed to conduct public tastings in 1996. The early wines were made in the traditional California style and were blockbusters. They were intense and "jammy" but took years to develop. The volcanic soils created an earthy taste and Bordeaux character which was characterised by smoky and cedary overtones. Fifteen years later, the 1989 and 1990 vintages are now ready to be enjoyed. We are currently releasing our 1999 vintage. We made approximately 2,000 cases as well as 500 cases of a more structured reserve. The wine is well balanced, rich and smooth in taste. We added a small amount of merlot and reduced the percentage of the press wine in the final blend. The wine still has the Hans Fahden character of earlier vintages, but the tannins are significantly softer.

From Santa Rosa & Hwy 101 North: Follow Hwy 101 North to the River Road/Guernville exit just north of the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. Turn right on Mark West Springs Road. Follow approximately 9 miles to blinking light. Turn left on Petrified Forest Road and proceed 1¼ miles to winery entrance. Approximately 75 minutes from San Francisco. From Calistoga: From the intersection of Hwy 29 and Hwy 128 proceed one mile to Petrified Forest Road. Turn left at the More for Less Market and follow the winding grade 2miles to the top of the hill. You will see a landmark Hans Fahden sign indicating that you have one more mile ahead to the entrance. From East Bay or Hwy 80: It is recommended to take the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. Turn left on Deerpark Rd. back to Hwy. 29. Turn right on Hwy 29 to Calistoga, bypassing St. Helena.

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5300 Mountain Home Ranch Road, Calistoga, CA, US, 94515 Email:
Phone: 707-942-6760 Web:
Fax: 707-942-2749
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