The Chalk Hill Appellation is in the Eastern portion of Sonoma County, butting up against the Alexander Valley to the North, with Napa County further East. The area gets it name from the "chalky" white soils of the region. But its not chalk in the soil. Rather its a mixture of quartzite abundant volcanic ash, sand and silty loam. The ash was emitted into the area by Mount St. Helena over a course of centuries, creating vineyard soils that are not very fertile and are able to restrain vigor in the vines.
Chalk Hill is an ideal area to grow Bordeaux varietals because it is a transitional climate between the cooler Russian River areas and the warmer sites in the Alexander, Knights and Napa Valleys.
Chalk Hill Wineries
Papapietro Perry Winery specializes in small lots of handcrafted, single-vineyard designate Pinot Noir and Zinfandel produced from the finest grapes the Russian River, Anderson and Dry Creek Valleys have to offer.
Rodney Strong is one of Sonoma Countys most dramatic wineries. Visitors are invited to our hospitality center offering a sampling of the award winning wines of Rodney Strong.