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O’Connell Vineyards is located in the Vine Hill region of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Owners Jan and Dan O’Connell are committed to excellence and high standards. They express this in their Pinot Noir estate vineyards and wines.

History – Apples and Winegrapes

The O’Connell family has been producing exceptional quality apples in Sebastopol since 1913. In 2002, Jan and Dan planted Pinot Noir to the rich Gold Ridge soil of their Vine Hill Road ranch. In 2006, they harvested their first vintage and produced 300 cases of incredibly smooth, silky Pinot Noir, along with a small lot of a crisp, dry Pinot Noir Rosé. They have now harvested the 2016 crop for their eleventh vintage.

Commitment To Excellence

The O’Connell’s have been setting the standard for special events for twelve years at their Vine Hill House Event Center. Vine Hill House has achieved significant recognition as an unparalleled, exclusive event facility. O’Connell Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot Noir reflects these same qualities – incredible fruit intensity produced in hand-crafted limited production.

2015 Pinot Noir

The 2015 vintage was hand-crafted from our south vineyard. This vineyard is slightly lower in elevation than our north vineyard and the clay/gravel soil is covered with 12 to 18 inches of Gold Ridge Sandy Loam. This vineyard reaches maturity five to seven days later than our north vineyard and produces rich elegant Pinot Noir with soft mouth feel and a long delicate finish. We do not blend our wine with any other clones. It is 100 percent Pommard aged in medium toast French oak barrels for eleven months.

Sales and Mailing List

The O’Connell Vineyards wines are offered exclusively at our vineyards, through our mailing list and wine club, at Vine Hill House special events, and at select wine purveyors. Join our mailing list and wine club to insure these incredible wines are reserved for you.

 

Our Wines

Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Appellation: Sonoma County – Russian River Valley

 

Tasting Notes

Heavenly aromas of dark cherry fruit greet the nose. Integrated flavors of ripe berries and warm spice tones fill the mouth and lead to a smooth full bodied finish. This elegant wine with concentrated fruit will continue to mature and become more complex. Delicious paired with salmon, pork, and chicken.

Vineyard Character

This two acre O’Connell Vineyard™ parcel is 100% Pommard clone on 104-14 rootstock. The gravelly Gold Ridge loam is the distinguishing characteristic of the Vine Hill region that produces the most outstanding Pinot Noir in the world. The vines are trained to double cordons with 15 to 17 clusters per cordon yielding 3.00 to 3.25 tons per acre. The cool growing conditions with foggy mornings and ample warm sunshine contribute to the complexity of the fruit and the incomparable finish.

Winemaking

100% Pinot Noir grapes carefully hand picked in the cool, crisp mornings of late September to early October; the grapes are hand-sorted and de-stemmed, then cold soaked prior to pressing and fermentation; Sur lie aged with weekly stirrings; barrel-aged ten months in French oak. Our Pinot Noir is crafted entirely from the Pommard clone. Harvest Date: September 12, 2016

Our 2014 vintage was the winner of the 2016 Pinot Cup at Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot!

Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Appellation: Sonoma County – Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes

Our 2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay tastes of citrus and apricot along with a subtle oak influence. Well structured, the mouth feel is rich and the finish is crisp, yet long and fresh. This wine is both bright and full of depth.

Vineyard Character

The Pratt Vineyard is a Chardonnay Clone blend (Clone 02 – 36.6%; Clone 95 – 32.2%; Clone 77 – 17.8% (musc); Clone 277 – 14.4%)

Winemaking

100% Chardonnay grapes were handpicked on September 10, 2016. The grapes were then hand-sorted, gently pressed on the skins, barrel fermented, and aged sur lie for 11 months in French oak barrels (30% new).

Weddings and Events

 

Vine Hill House is the private estate event facility of O’Connell Vineyards. It is a beautiful country estate setting for weddings and other special occasions, business or private events. It is located in the Vine Hill region of the Russian River Valley of beautiful Sonoma County.

This lovely wine country estate is situated amidst Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and apple orchards that have been owned and operated by the O’Connell family since the 1930’s. To the east, the scenic views look over hundreds of acres of world class vineyards and stretch across Santa Rosa Valley to Mount St. Helena and the Coastal Mountain Range in the north to the San Francisco Bay Area in the south. To the west, the views look out across the vineyards and apple orchards to Green Valley and the Russian River Valley.
The Vine Hill House landscaped gardens include a grove with firs, redwoods, and oaks in a natural setting, spacious lawns and lovely flower gardens, and many other delightful extras. This beautiful, private estate provides a stunning wine country atmosphere for any occasion.

We provide our event specialists for all of your planning needs. To insure your day runs smoothly, we also provide our event specialists to coordinate and manage your event.

Let Vine Hill House help you create a beautiful and memorable wedding or other special occasion.

Please visit our Vine Hill House site to learn more