Homewood Winery is as close to a one man winery as David Homewood can keep it. Step by step through the vinification process he does as much of the work as he can. It is, therefore, a small operation limited to about 3,000 cases annual production. In a typical year we bottle up to ten separate batches and most of them are 300 cases or less. Dave Homewood started as a home winemaker in 1983... Read more
Homewood Winery is as close to a one man winery as David Homewood can keep it. Step by step through the vinification process he does as much of the work as he can. It is, therefore, a small operation limited to about 3,000 cases annual production. In a typical year we bottle up to ten separate batches and most of them are 300 cases or less. Dave Homewood started as a home winemaker in 1983 when he and two friends produced wine from a ton of Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon. The following year they added a ton of Alexander Valley chardonnay. In 1986 they purchased their first ton of chardonnay from the newly formed Carneros appellation and the styles of wine Homewood Winery became noted for were born. The core of each wine is the fruit, with moderate french oak and other components adding layers of complexity. The reds are bottled unfiltered and unfined. This is a hands-off approach to winemaking that allows more varietal character to show through. The winery was bonded in 1988, with an initial case production of about 500 cases. Zinfandel was added to the production of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon in 1992. That year saw case production soar to 2,000. All of the grapes are purchased from growers so David can choose grapes from appellations where they do best. Several of the vineyards we purchase grapes from are also small family owned operations involving only a few acres and we purchase their entire production. This allows winery and grower to work more closely together to produce distinctive vineyard designate wines. Odmann Vineyard first sold all their chardonnay grapes to us in 1992, and we have taken the entire production since then. We have added other vineyard designates over the years, including McHugh Vineyard pinot noir, John Albini Vineyard cabernet franc and Hoskins Vineyard zinfandel. In addition to growers we work with year after year we also get some grapes on a single year contract. Dave finds it fun to experiment with different varietals and growing regions and it adds variety. We also produce a different varietal port style dessert wine every year. These included zinfandel, merlot syrah and petite sirah grapes. We use 750 ml bottles instead of the smaller sizes for about the same price others charge for 500 ml and 375 ml, as a greater value. The port pairs well with chocolate or strong cheeses. If you plan on visiting the winery with a group we would recommend calling ahead for an appointment. If it is available at the time you request, the Redder the Better Lounge is a great tasting experience. We are open daily from 10-4 and tastings are complimentary for groups of 12 or less. The mission of Homewood Winery is to remain small enough to maintain the hand-crafted approach to winemaking, and keep it fun. ENJOY!! Read less
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