FOUNTAINGROVE DAY

Thanks to everyone who came out for Fountaingrove Day - we hope to see you back again next year!
See below for information about Fountaingrove Day 2016.

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BE THE FIRST TO EXPLORE THE VINEYARDS AND WINE OF
SONOMA COUNTY'S NEWEST AVA


Enjoy a day of history, terroir and character at Kick Ranch, with afternoon excursions to taste at Fountaingrove wineries and to discover our natural features and vineyards.

Featuring:

  1. Wine tastings of wines both famous and undiscovered
  2. A chance to win wine from Hidden Ridge - a Parker "100" winery
  3. Live music by Court Hoang
  4. Optional afternoon excursions (see below)

Luncheon Speakers:

  1. “Sustainable Sonoma Initiative and the Wine Consumer"
    --Karissa Kruse, President, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission
  2. “A Winemaker’s Thoughts on Fountaingrove District”
    --Timothy Milos, Consulting Winemaker, Hidden Ridge Vineyards / Viluko Vineyards
  3. “The Story behind the Fountaingrove Name”
    --Eric Stanley, Curator of History, Museums of Sonoma County

Wineries Pouring:

  1. Apsara Cellars
  2. Aril Wines
  3. Carol Shelton Wines
  4. H•L•R Cellars
  5. Idle Cellars
  6. Joseph Swan Winery
  7. Kale Wines
  8. Overland
  9. Paul Hobbs Winery
  10. Petrichor
  11. Sheldon Wines
  12. Volante

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:45 -- Check-in begins
  • 11:00-2:00 -- Wine tasting
  • 12:00 -- Paella lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 -- Speaker Program
  • 2:00-4:00 -- Optional Excursions (advance registration required; see below)
  • 2:00-5:00 -- Live Music: Court Hoang, Fort Worth, TX
  • 4:00-5:00 -- Coffee and Petite Sirah brownies
We invite you to be among the first to discover Sonoma County’s newest AVA, Fountaingrove District, tucked in the hills between Santa Rosa and the Napa County line. Visit vineyards and wineries not often open to the public, while cruising the hidden back roads where every turn reveals a hillside vineyard. Taste wines both famous and undiscovered, while you chat with the growers and winemakers.

Enjoy a paella lunch at beautiful Kick Ranch while listening to winemakers and industry professionals talk about the history, terroir and character of Fountaingrove District. After lunch, choose one of several optional excursions to other Fountaingrove District vineyards, wineries or other features. Then reconvene at Kick Ranch for dessert and coffee.

Or perhaps you’d rather spend the afternoon at Kick Ranch, where you can enjoy live music, take a vineyard hike to admire the mountain vistas and learn more about the terroir of Fountaingrove from a local expert. You can also take home some organic produce from the on-site Leisen’s Bridgeway Farm.

And everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for a chance to take home a bottle of Hidden Ridge 2012 Impassable Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Parker rated 97 points.) [Hidden Ridge 2013 Impassable Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon recently received a perfect 100 from Robert Parker but is not yet released.]

Kick Ranch is a 42-acre working vineyard on 100 acres. While all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) will be available to transport guests, most will choose to walk about 600 feet from the parking area to the event through the vine rows. Dress casually and wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat. Don’t forget the sunscreen!


Over 21 only! No pets, please.

AFTERNOON EXCURSIONS

Join us for one of the many optional afternoon excursions we'll be offering on-site at Kick Ranch
and off-site at other Fountaingrove wineries and beautiful locales.

Due to limited availability, all attendees must register for excursions in advance using the form below.
Please note that off-site excursions will require your own transportation.

Be sure to register for Fountaingrove Day before signing up for any excursions below!
Pride Mountain

PRIDE MOUNTAIN – tour and tasting

Tour and tasting at the winery located high in the Mayacamas Mountains, straddling the boundary where Fountaingrove District meets Napa Valley. Enjoy tasting in the cave and the vineyards. 35 minute mountain road drive.

VILUKO VINEYARDS – tour and tasting

Nestled in the rocky hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, Viluko Vineyards is a hidden gem in the Fountaingrove District. The historic “Split Rock” barn is the site of your private tasting, where you’ll sample estate grown, organically farmed Bordeaux selections including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. 15 minute moderate drive.

VOLANTE VINEYARDS – guided tour

You tried the wines, now visit the vineyard. At an elevation of 1700 feet, you’ll have a panoramic view from Mount St. Helena to San Pablo Bay. 15 minute moderate drive.

PETRIFIED FOREST – guided walk

Visit the stone trees and explore how the eruption of Mt. St. Helena created the terroir of Fountaingrove District on a 1-hour guided walk. You’ll experience stunning views and learn the story of this now-extinct volcano. 20 minute moderate drive.
Kick Ranch

KICK RANCH – vineyard tour

Place Matters! FGD will feature a tour and talk at Kick Ranch by Owen Anfinson, Assistant Professor of Geology at Sonoma State. Owen will talk about “what lies beneath” and contributes to the making of the FountainGrove District as a distinct viticultural area. Our new AVA has the widest selection of soils among Sonoma County’s AVAs derived from Sonoma Volcanics, primarily volcanic ash/rhyolite and basalt lavas, which produce excellent, well drained soils for growing grapes.

LEISEN’S BRIDGEWAY FARMS

This one is also located on the Kick Ranch property. Meet the organic farmer, learn about the synergy between grape growing and organic vegetable and fruit farming, and sample produce of the season. You won’t be able to resist bringing something home!