Enchanted Hills Retreat: an Oasis for the Wine Connoisseur

We’ve investigated the human history of the area, the flora and fauna of the mountain, and some of the most common finds of a Mt. Veeder mushroom hunter. In the 4th part of our series examining what makes Enchanted Hills Retreat so enticing, we are explore what the area is best known for: its wines.

Viniculture began on the mountain as early as the 1860’s. Mt. Veeder is a one-of-a-kind appellation because its wine production is severely limited by nature. These constraints lead to low yields but very deep flavors. Mt. Veeder has:

•The longest growing season and the lowest yields of the Napa Valley.
•Situated above the fog, with extremely steep slopes, the area has shallow topsoil and minimal water retention. This results in tiny berries, with intense flavor concentration yet soft tannins.
•Due to the rugged conditions, virtually all vineyard work must be done by hand.
•It is the only hillside appellation in Napa Valley that benefits from the cooling influence of San Pablo Bay.

Over 30 vineyards are located on Mt. Veeder – most are quite small production. Some of the labels to look for are O’Shaughnessy, Mt. Veeder Winery, Marketta, Renteria, Robert Craig, Y Rousseau and Yates Family Vineyards. The only one with a tasting room that is open to the public is the Hess Collection. Like most of the mountain’s wineries, Hess is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. A leader in sustainable practices, the Hess Collection adheres to founder Donald Hess’ philosophy: “Nurture the land; return what you take.” In addition to award-winning wines they have an impressive and extensive private contemporary Art Museum. Many of the mountains other wineries can be visited for tasting and tours by appointment. Learn more about the appellation and its winemakers.

Get your family, friends, coworkers or other group together to bond and taste some of the famous wines of Mt. Veeder. To reserve Enchanted Hills Retreat for your gathering of 30 to 120, please call (415) 694-7310 or go to www.enchantedhillsretreat.com. Cheers!

Mt. Veeder Winery Label