Honig Vineyard & Winery

About

The Honig family are leaders in sustainability, both in the vineyard and the winery, and what began as a small “garage” winery has today become a successful family enterprise, with everyone working collaboratively to run an inspiring and socially responsible business and socially responsible business.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Rutherford, California.

Features

  • Award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Additional Information

  • Meeting / Conference Facilities:
  • Caves:
  • Wedding Facilities:
  • Picnic Facilities:
  • Dog Friendly:
  • Winery Tours:
  • Wine Tasting:
  • Art or Architecture:
  • Organic / Biodynamic:
  • Awards:
  • Wine Club:
  • Lodging / Bed & Breakfast:

History

In 1964, Louis Honig purchased a 68-acre ranch in Rutherford, in the heart of the Napa Valley. The vineyard was planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which he sold to neighboring wineries. Louis worked to create a family gathering place at the ranch, for his children and grandchildren, while he dreamed of the day he could retire from his San Francisco advertising agency and make wine from his vineyard.

Louis passed away before he could realize his dream, leaving the estate to his family. In 1981, as a tribute to his legacy, his family produced a few hundred cases of Louis Honig Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard’s old tractor barn. After the wine won a Gold Medal at the Orange County Fair, the family decided to increase production, and Honig Vineyard & Winery was born.

In 1984, at the age of 22, grandson Michael Honig took over management of the vineyard and winery. In 1989 the family began producing small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. As the business grew, family members Regina Weinstein, Steven Honig, and Stephanie Honig joined Michael in the winery.

The Team

At the age of 22, Michael Honig took the reins of his struggling family vineyard and winery. With an old meat locker for an office, a shoebox marked "misc" for an accounting system, and without any formal training, he began canvassing the streets of San Francisco, selling wine and delivering it himself.

Over the last 30 years, Michael has surrounded himself with an incredible team, and transformed the family business into a thriving success. With his seemingly endless energy, Michael, often referred to as "the James Brown of the wine industry," spends 75% of his time out in the world connecting with people and introducing them to Honig wines.

A leader in sustainable farming, he chaired the first California initiative to develop a "Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices," a voluntary program establishing statewide guidelines for sustainable farming and winemaking, and in 2005, took part in an innovative pilot program to help train yellow lab puppies to detect vine mealy bugs in the vineyard, thus, lowering the need for pesticides. Michael sits on the board of directors of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, as well as the boards of several other organizations including: the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance; California Farm Service Agency State Committee; Napa Crimestoppers; and Tower Road Wine Storage.

Michael resides on the Honig property in Rutherford, with wife Stephanie, daughters Sophia and Lola, sons Sebastian and Santiago, and their dogs Raisin and Kota.

Stephanie Honig was born in Havertown, Pennsylvania. At the age of six, she moved with her family to Buenos Aires, Argentina, then to Florida in 1994, where she attended Florida International University, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. While attending FIU she also spent time in Europe, studying at the Oxford Brookes University in England. She then moved to Philadelphia and worked as a Sales Manager for Marriott Corporation.

In 2000, she moved to New York to pursue a career in the wine industry, working as a Sales Manager for Clicquot, Inc., and for Rudd Winery as the Eastern Regional Sales Manger. In 2005, she earned the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Higher Certificate and the WSET Diploma. She left Rudd in 2006 to import her own wine brand from Argentina. She also taught wine classes at the French Culinary Institute in New York and at Florida International University.

In 2006, she moved to the Napa Valley and married Michael Honig. Stephanie travels the globe developing Honig’s international and national presence, and handles the public relations for the family business. She serves on the Public Relations Committee, the Marketing Committee and the International Ambassadors Committee at the Napa Valley Vintners. She is active in raising funds for mental health and for Type 1 diabetes research. She lives on the Honig property in Rutherford with her husband Michael, their daughters Sophia and Lola, sons Sebastian and Santiago, and their dogs Raisin and Kota.

Steven Honig was raised in San Francisco and enjoyed weekends with his brothers and family in Napa Valley riding mini bikes and tractors at the vineyard. In 1986, he graduated from the Colorado University and went to work for the fledgling family winery as a sales rep in Los Angeles. After a year, he decided to move to Sweden, where he ran a bike messenger company, imported mountain bikes and parts and raced mountain bikes on an international level.

In 1994, Steven returned to San Francisco, remaining in the mountain biking industry serving as Director of Sales and Promotions for a sports marketing company, which organized world class cycling festivals. Returning to the family winery in 2000, he has turned his skills towards sales and business development. When he's not delivering wine to his account, or hosting a wine dinner, Steven can often be found walking with his wife Miriam and children, Annika and Gavin, in the vineyards with their dog Buzz.

Regina Weinstein came to work for the family business in 1997, following a 15-year stint as a Product Marketing Manager in the high-tech world, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and creativity. As Director of Marketing and Retail, she handles all aspects of marketing for the winery, including creating the marketing materials (yes, the infamous Honig postcards), designing packaging, the Honig website, sales materials, and more. She also manages the retail side of the winery, which encompasses the tasting room, wine club, consumer events, and e-marketing and sales.

Regina lives in St. Helena,with younger sons Ethan and Aidan. Older son Raphael runs the Honig wine club, and daughter Devin is a free-lance photographer who does all of the photography for the winery. Regina is the president of the Rutherford Dust Society, Founder of the Rutherford Appellation Wineries, and is on the Marketing and Communications Committee for the Napa Valley Vintners.

While attending UC Davis, Kristin Belair serendipitously stumbled upon an answer to a daunting career puzzle - for someone unable to choose between a multitude of disciplines, winemaking was an elegant solution.

In 1981, degree in Enology in hand, Kristin began her first of two California harvests, as an intern at Trefethen. It was there that she perfected forklift driving, cleaning tanks, and topping barrels, while learning a lot about small winery operations. A southern hemisphere harvest experience in Australia taught her even more. Kristin's first full winemaking position began in 1985, making Cabernet and Chardonnay at Johnson-Turnbull (which later became Turnbull Wine Cellars). In 1998, after working at one facility for nearly 13 years, she joined Honig as Winemaker. Kristin says that "being able to craft award winning, nationally recognized Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon and being part of the dynamic Honig team has been nothing but rewarding. For me, what is most satisfying is knowing that I play a part in creating something that people are enjoying in many different settings, with family and friends. Wine has an extraordinary way of connecting together people, places and experiences."

When she's not feeding her passion for winemaking and growing grapes, Kristin can generally be found engaging in some kind of outdoor activity. Her current favorites are skiing, running, mountain biking, and climbing.

Practices & Techniques

-Planting cover crops to provide nutrients and soil microorganisms
-Installing owl boxes rather than poisons for rodent control
-Mechanically tilling rather than spraying herbicides
-Installing blue bird nesting boxes
-Using drip irrigation
-Improving habitat along the edge of the vineyard

Be the first to review this item!

Hours

By appointment only. Daily 10am to 4:30 pm

Address

850 Rutherford Road
Rutherford, California 94573
United States

Get Directions

Advertisement
Newsletter