Wine Icons #9 – 6 October
“Wine Icons” is back and to start off the fall we welcome an iconic producer from the heart of Sonoma – Hirsch Vineyards.
David Hirsch purchased the land that would become Hirsch Vineyards in 1978. For millions of years, this land was a temperate zone rain forest, but the redwoods had long since been cut down, and by 1978, it was a sheep ranch.
David planted his first vines in 1980, making it the oldest premium Pinot Noir vineyard on the True Sonoma Coast. Through 2001, all of the grapes were sold to other wineries, and Hirsch did not produce any of its own wine. In the early 1990s, the vineyard became one of the most sought-after sources for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in California, and wineries such Littorai, Williams Selyem, Kistler and Failla all made Hirsch-designated wines.
In 2002, after twenty-two years focused on planting and farming, David Hirsch made the decision to build a winery and start making his own wines. The primary motivation was to provide feedback to the farming decisions: with more than 60 farming parcels, spread out over 72 acres, David wanted to taste each individually, to better understand the nature of each parcel’s unique soil and climate, the conditions of the vintage, and the consequences of his farming decisions. In other words, they built a winery to become better farmers.
The first vintages were made under winemakers Vanessa Wong and Mark Doherty. From the 2010 through 2015 vintages, the winemaking was under the helm of Ross Cobb. In 2016, the current winemaker, Anthony Filiberti, took over.
In 2011 Hirsch began the process of converting the vineyards to biodynamic viticulture. By 2014, all 72 acres of vines as well as the gardens and orchards were fully under biodynamic practice.
On October 6 Jasmine Hirsch will present some of the most amazing wines from Sonoma, this in a collaboration between Hirsch Vineyards, Johan Lidby Vinhandel and PM & Vänner.
The menu and selected wines for the evening will be posted here soon.
The dinner starts at 7 PM and is served in our private banquet hall. Host for the evening will be our Head Sommelier Rubén Sanz Ramiro.
We offer two different packages for this event:
– Access to our gym, pools and sauna
– Our awarded breakfast served at PM Bar