“Their approach to applying the traditions of the Rhone Valley to grapes grown in upstart California is studious and precise.”

— Mike Dunne, 2010

Rhone Winemaking Style

grapes rhone wine makingRhone Winemaking

Although the winery is in California, Holly's Hill wines have a distinctive old world flair. Emphasis is placed on the fruit itself and interventions throughout the aging process are infrequent and minor.  Only French oak is used and preferably neutral barrels without the vanilla, astringency and tannins of new barrels.  Carrie and Josh also use larger volume casks as it has been done in the Rhone Valley of France for centuries.  The wines are only racked if needed allowing for further concentrations of flavors to develop from the lees at the bottom of the barrels.  White wines generally spend about six months in barrels and reds eleven months. Syrah on the other hand ages for up to two years before bottling.  The Patriarche blend is the first wine put together each year getting only the best lots of estate fruit.

About Holly's Hill Vineyards

Nestled in the beautiful Sierra Foothills in El Dorado County and Pleasant Valley, Holly's Hill Vineyards specializes in producing Rhone varietal wines. In fact, the estate vineyards are composed entirely of Rhone varieties including Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Counoise. The winery produces varietal wines, a dry Rosé, and red and white blends. The enthusiasm for Rhone varieties at Holly's Hill started when Tom and Holly Cooper (owners) shared their first bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape on their honeymoon. It's been a love affair ever since.

Contact

Holly’s Hill Vineyards
3680 Leisure Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
530.344.0227
winery@hollyshill.com