Sapphire Hill Vineyards & Winery

(707) 431-1888 51 Front Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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The history of Sapphire Hill Vineyards can be traced to the El Molino Ranchero belonging to General Mariano Vallejo. General Vallejo, the last Mexican Governor of California before his overthrow during the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt, granted the Ranchero in 1834 to his brother-in-law, Captain John Cooper. Captain Cooper, in turn, sold 120 acres in 1869 to a Massachusetts relative, Lucy Sullivan, and her husband, Levi Grant Grove. Sapphire Hill is located on the original homestead of Lucy and Levi Grove. The Levi Grove Ranch consisted of some of the most beautiful rolling hillside land in the area. Of the original house, barn, windmill and various out-buildings, all that remains today is the original homestead chimney made from rocks taken from the nearby Russian River. The house burned in a great fire in 1916. While developing the vineyards at Sapphire Hill, several primitive iron and steel farm implements were found on the site. In 1989, longtime friends and winery partners Tim Meinken, Anne Giere, John Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Sapphire Hill Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2007

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    An elegant Cally Pinot with classic juicy fruit gum flavors upfront, balanced with notes of pine, earth and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied and great for sipping or enjoying with a roast meal. Read More

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  • Sapphire Hill Chardonnay Sapphire Hill Vineyard 2002

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  • Sapphire Hill Zinfandel Porky's Patch Rosenberg Vineyard Alexander Valley 2007

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