BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to visit this winery!
Kistler Vineyards was never open their tasting room for decades until recently. Can you imagine that their wine club members and fans around the world can only drink the wines they purchase but couldn’t taste it before until now.
Once you RSVP, they will tell you the instruction how to get here with a gated property.
7095 Trenton-Healdsburg Road
Forestville, CA 95436
Opens TUE-SAT, by appointment only at 10:30 AM and 2 PM only per day.
A newly remodeled and beautiful tasting room where you can be amazed, along with their award winning wines for decades.
Brooked was greeted us nicely as we pulled in. She has the brightest smile, model like figure, dressed stylishly, of course because she moved here from New York. I, on the other hand, totally over-dressed in my short and tank top gym clothes! I was embarrassed 🙂 Too much diking and eating the night before I just wanted to running around the vineyard to burn the calories, so my thought! Until Brooke poured us some of the best Burgundian style wines, I’d rather chilled and enjoyed it.
She explained and walked us through the soils, “it’s all about the terroir” and that’s what Kistler Vineyards is all about. “If the Kistler Winery could be magically transported to the middle of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, it would quickly gain a reputation as glorious as any producer of Burgundy grand crus.” Robert Parker said.
Brooke is also a sommelier from New York with a Southern accent. She’s vibrant, fun, and passionate about the program that Kistler is doing now with this brand new tasting room at the Trenton Roadhouse. She involved us in the tour that makes it so much more fun, very informative and educational. She also allowed us to taste side-by-side of the 3 chardonnays, so we could compare notes. That’s the best way to learn about the terroir and what you like. My friends and I had an awesome time here.
Both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted utilizing classic Burgundian techniques. Kistler wines are produced solely by native yeasts. Their barrels are crafted from French oak that is aged to specifications and specifically tailored to their program. All of their wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined. All of the sites are planted to the same clone, a California heritage selection that they have been using for 3 decades, imagine that.
Their wines are always sold out and source after, to get their wines, you got to be on the mailing list. They don’t even have library wines, because they sold out after every vintage release.
They offer 2 tasting options:
4 wines: 3 Chardonnay + 1 Pinot Noir for $75 per person
7 wines: 5 Chardonnay + 2 Pinot Noir for $150 per person
Think of old world style wines. If you want a buttery style chardonnay, this is NOT for you.
Burgundy style Chardonnay displays less fruit and more earth and mineral notes. They are powerful and rich, with complex fruit flavors and notes of earth and minerals. The wines expess more of the terroir, where it comes from. If you like me, you wold enjoy Kistler Chardonnay tremendously.
Kistler Vineyards at Trenton Roadhouse should be on top of your list to visit if you are a white Burgundy lover/collector.
by Manda Bear @1MandaBear