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“large estate with great variety of activities”
Review of Chalk Hill Winery

Chalk Hill Winery
Ranked #10 of 27 Tours in Healdsburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The true essence of Chalk Hill is its estate, a unique corner of California wine country. Here, proprietor Bill Foley both preserves the nature of the land and honors it by producing wines reflecting its exceptional qualities.
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“large estate with great variety of activities”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

My partner and I visited Healdsburg for a long weekend, and Chalk Hill Winery was one of the wineries recommended by the concierge at our hotel. Unlike a lot of the wineries with tasting rooms far away from where they actually get their grapes, Chalk Hill was a huge amount of land on the actual winery property, with rolling hills and a maze of different planted grapes. It was interesting to learn that Chalk Hill doesn't sell or buy any of its grapes, so that's a great way to do quality control if you have a good product.

Of course, I am not rating Chalk Hill based on the quality of its wines because that's too subjective of a measure. (While I do think they had very good wines and we did take home a few bottles, it's up to each individual person to decide on that.) What I will say about chalk Hill is that it provides a rather large selection of activities to do on the property that other estates and wineries either can't or don't offer. They had options for wine pairings with lunch, touring their facilities and horseback trips in their woods, for instance. Even though we didn't, you certainly can spend a good half of a day at Chalk Hill exploring all they have to offer in a gorgeous setting around some fabulous wines.

Visited December 2012
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“Horseback Riding at Chalk Hill Winery”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I booked a 1.5 hour horseback ride through the vineyards (vineyardrides.com). The owner, Rafael, was fantastic and our guide was even better. We are beginner riders but I think anyone would enjoy this as they cater to your level. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Visited November 2012
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“Great Winery Tasting/Tour”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Had such a pleasant tour/tasting with our guide! It was a beautiful late October day and Fletcher offered the first part of the tasting upon arrival, then piled our small group into the Humvee to tour the vineyards, horse arena, and lush gardens with glass in hand. An unexpected surprise came when we saw the gardener working and then spent a half hour or so climbing through and eating fruit and herbs right off the vines while listening to more interesting facts. I highly recommend a visit to this gem of a winery!

Visited October 2012
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“A real class act!!!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Did the wine tasting, the vineyard tour and the culinary sampling. The place is simply elegant. Great people, wonderful wine, beautiful scenery. Chef Didier is a highly qualified charmer who won our group over with great food and a wonderful sense of humor. If you are looking for a special experience in Sonoma Valley, go to Chalk Hill.

Visited October 2012
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“Wines just so-so”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The wines of Chalk Hill may have gotten some fairly decent ratings but we thought they were just so-so when we were there. Quarters are pretty tight in the tasting room and since it's a long drive to get there from anywhere, we were disappointed when we got there. The signage is poor, too. I wouldn't waste my time driving there given all the other wineries there are to go to.

Visited September 2012
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