In 1948, Ambassador James D. Zellerbach acquired 200 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains one mile north of the Sonoma Plaza. The Ambassador’s ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to best traditions of Grand Cru Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of extraordinary quality and longevity. The Zellerbachs planted 6 acres in 1953 (now the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in America) and created the first vintage in 1957. They name their winery Hanzell, a contraction of Mrs. Hana Zellerbach’s name, and embarked on what would become recognized as one of California’s most enduring and historically important wine estates. The original 6 acre vineyard has grown to 46 acres today, allowing Hanzell to produce 5,000 cases annually; 3/4 Chardonnay and 1/4 Pinot Noir. Through five decades Hanzell has pursued empirical winemaking and established traditions on which great cellar-worthy winemaking is predicated.
Come taste for yourself Sonoma’s finest expression of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!!