Tracey and Mitch Hawkins, Co-owners, Hawk and Horse Vineyards and Winery
IT’S RAINING MEDALS
AT HAWK AND HORSE VINEYARDS
Hawk and Horse Vineyards, a biodynamic estate vineyard winery located in the scenic Red Hills appellation in Lake County, is celebrating an enormous number of medals which have been awarded to its wines recently, from a double gold medal for the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at the International Women Winemaker’s Competition, to a gold medal for the same wine at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, to a silver medal for their 2010 Cabernet at the Concours International Des Vins in Paris. Their 2009 Cabernet also attracted numerous gold medals, from a Double Gold at the Tasters’ Guild International Wine Competition, a gold at the Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition and a gold medal and best in class at the International Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge.
“Our family feels that a biodynamic approach brings you a wine which is a true expression of our sense of place, spring-fed mountain vineyard and volcanic soils,” explain Tracey and Mitch Hawkins.
Mitch and Tracey Hawkins along with Tracey’s step-dad, David Boies and the Boies family, partnered to create Hawk and Horse Vineyards.
Hawk and Horse is also celebrating its tenth year as an organic grape grower, having become California Certified Organic in 2004. In 2008, Hawk and Horse Vineyards became Demeter-certified (biodynamic).
A visit to Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a step back in time, to the white-fence-bordered pastures full of horses, a charming home-turned-tasting room with an antique Victorian bar, historic photos of the property and local memorabilia. Visiting is a way to learn about biodynamic farming, which the winery practices on its 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. The vineyards straddle slopes from a 15% grade to 85%, at elevations up to 2,200 feet, situated in the Red Hills AVA of California. An unusual aspect most visitors comment on is that the soil literally glitters, due to the abundance of Lake County “diamonds,” tiny silica fragments which are the remnants of volcanic activity from nearby Mt. Konocti, a now dormant volcano.
The ranch is home to a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle as well as the horses and an enormous range of wildlife—from Red Tail hawks to bees, owls, bear, wild boar, bobcats, mountain lions and squirrels.
Our vineyard is really quite beautiful. It tops out at a 2,200 feet elevation – as you can see from the mountains visible on the horizon – and is both CCOF organic and Demeter Biodynamic certified. You may notice bird boxes, owl boxes and a thick carpet of ground cover – never sprayed with chemicals. – Tracey Hawkins
Visits to the winery can be made by appointment, 707/481-6941 or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.