Chalk Hill Vineyard

Chalk Hill

48 Acres | Established 1998

With roots in this area going back to 1965, Rodney Strong Vineyards was the first to release a Chardonnay with the “Chalk Hill” name on the label. Officially established as an AVA in 1983, Chalk Hill was named for its reflective white soils. The result of ash deposits from an ancient volcanic eruption, soils here are shallow, fast draining and slightly acidic. Cooled by ocean influences delivered via the Russian River Valley, vines are naturally low-yielding, producing intensely flavored wines with a distinct “petrichor” character – a word that officially refers to the scent of rain on dry earth. Our founder Rod Strong used to describe it as the more down-to-earth “tongue on stone.”

Varietals: Chardonnay