Friday, July 12, 2013

In Photos: Napa's Dutch Henry Winery - A Hideaway

I visited Dutch Henry Winery yesterday. I've driven past it how many times so I was glad to poke my head in quickly and get the nickel tour.

With the hot weather yesterday, one could find cool within the tasting room - and in the 4,500 sq. ft. wine caves, entered through a Hobbit-like set of doors set under the hill above.

While the winery makes 4,000 cases a year (and buys a lot of grapes from other growers), 40% of the grapes come from the winery's own estate vineyards which include the onsite Syrah vineyard and an estate Cab vineyard in St. Helena.

Founded by the Chafen Family in 1992, Dutch Henry's organically grown options include its Estate Cab (available) and its Syrah (sold out).

The vineyard management is done by Jack Neal & Sons, which takes care of many organic vineyards in Napa.

Dutch Henry also offers shaded picnicking at tables under the trees and a bocce court and additional picnicking (in the sun).

A dog-friendly winery, Dutch Henry's two lovely winery dogs will greet you in the parking lot upon arrival. The dogs are featured - of course - in the Winery Dogs book.


The greeting committee

Assistant Winemaker Will Mendoza with the estate Cab 

Plenty of room for a picnic in the shade
The tasting room
Entrance to the wine caves
The tasting room and fermentation facility
Come for the wine, stay for the bocce ball and picnic area
The airstream is here for its good looks

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