Historic Hanzell Vineyard Ensures Its Future as One of the World's Most Respected Producers of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

SONOMA, Calif.--()--June 22, 2004--

  Hanzell to Unveil Its New State-of-the-Art Winery and Barrel Aging Cave While Honoring Its Roots and Its Workers  



One of the premier, historic wineries of the Sonoma wine country, Hanzell Vineyards, is moving past its half century mark with a new dedication...a dedication of its new, state-of-the-art winery and barrel aging cave, Saturday, August 7th, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The winery is showcasing its renewed facilities by honoring its storied past as well as the indispensable labor of workers who made it possible. The newly completed project has been 10 years in the making.

The unveiling of the new facilities will be marked by a tribute to the Winery's original winemaker, Brad Webb. The new 5,900 square foot, 470-barrel cave will be christened "The Brad Webb Cave" in his honor. Several of the wines Webb produced will be poured for tasting at the event and be among many of the older library wines Hanzell will make available for sale (on this day only).

Hanzell Vineyards will also be honoring Wine Country farm labor by bringing attention to new solutions designed to help the lives of present day workers. A portion of the proceeds from the event -- with each guest donating $85 -- will benefit Vineyard Workers Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the farm worker community with suitable housing and assistance. To highlight a milestone achievement, Vineyard Workers Services will provide information at the event about VIA, a Spanish software program that allows migrant vineyard workers to maintain their individual health-care records online. VIA will enable workers to access the medical histories of their families as they move from one community to another and from one medical clinic to the next.

"Hanzell was a 'cult wine' before there were cult wines," said Winery President Jean Arnold Sessions. "Beginning in 1956, Brad Webb worked with the winery's founder, (former) Ambassador James Zellerbach, to pioneer the production of fine, estate-grown California Pinot Noir and develop the style that wine lovers now associate with world class Chardonnay from Northern California."

Webb worked with Zellerbach to finely craft the wines and age them in French oak barrels when this was a rare practice in California. Webb also created a wine laboratory supplied with a wine chromatograph at a time when the only other wine chromatographs were found at UC Davis and Gallo.

Hanzell's original heritage winery, a replica of Burgundy's Clos de Vougeot estate architecture, will be open for touring in its restored use as the Winery library. Now called the "Heritage Winery," the historic landmark building will also be used during crush for fermentation.

Proprietor Alexander de Brye and Sessions will host the event, which will also include tastings of Webb's original wines as well as recently released vintages of Hanzell's 2000 Pinot Noir and 2001 Chardonnay.

"Moving into our 51st year, I am proud that we are still creating highly sought wines," said Sessions. "Using modern technology while maintaining our heritage was an idea we embodied with this expansion. Our winery workers are a large part of our success, and we are pleased to be able to support the Vineyard Workers Service and VIA."

For more information about Hanzell Vineyards, visit http://www.hanzell.com/.

About Hanzell Vineyards

Hanzell Vineyards, located 800 feet high in the Mayacamas Mountains, just north of the town of Sonoma, is highly regarded internationally for its terroir-driven and small-production estate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The 200-acre estate and winery was founded in 1953 by James D. Zellerbach and the original 14 acres of vineyards were expanded to 42 acres in 2001. The Winery now grows 27.5 acres of Chardonnay and 14.5 acres of Pinot Noir and produces approximately 3,000 cases of wine annually.

Contacts

Fineman PR (for Hanzell Vineyards)
Michael Fineman, 415-392-1000
mfineman@finemanpr.com

Contacts

Fineman PR (for Hanzell Vineyards)
Michael Fineman, 415-392-1000
mfineman@finemanpr.com