Husch Vineyards

About

Under the direction of 3rd generation family members Husch produces 22 different wines , of which six are distributed nationally. Small lots of special wines are available exclusively at our tasting room, a converted pony barn dating back to the late 1800s. Quality is the key word at Husch: in the vineyards, in our winemaking and in our friendly customer service. It all starts in the vineyard. Our wines are made from grapes grown on vineyards managed by the winery, allowing us to bring consistent, high-quality fruit to the bottle. The friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff strives to make your visit to Anderson Valley memorable. With our long farming heritage, Husch wines showcase the fruit in each bottle and reflect a true commitment to quality and value.

Location Description

Located in Mendocino County (Northern California) just 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco.

Features

  • Husch is the oldest winery in California's Anderson Valley appellation.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 20

History

In 1967 Tony and Gretchen Husch bought the 60-acre Nunn ranch between Philo and Navarro on Highway 128. The land was well known for growing apples and grains. They soon planted eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer grapes on the cool slopes of the property. The plantings sweep down towards the pristine Navarro River. The first official crush was in the fall of 1971.

In 1979, Hugo Oswald Jr. bought the 6,000 case Husch Winery from the Husch family. The Oswald family had been growing pears in the Santa Clara Valley, but when the area was expanding they sold the land and headed for the southern tip of Mendocino County. Today Husch Vineyards remains owned and operated by the 3rd Generation of the Oswald family: Zac Robinson and Amanda Robinson Holstine. Winemaking is under the direction of Brad Holstine and Jeff Jindra. Al White, in charge of all viticulture operations, has been with Husch since 1974. Through the years Husch has modernized and expanded, but it has never lost its initial rustic charm or reputation for great wines.

Practices & Techniques

Sustainability at Husch is an ongoing process that began in the 1970s. At that time vineyard manager Al White became concerned with erosion on our hillsides and concluded that a no-till groundcover would solve the problem. That process of making improvements continues to this day.

Our four goals are: 1) reduce erosion, 2) conserve resources such as water and fuel, 3) protect the natural ecosystems that border our property, and 4) use organic applications.

Because these goals can be in conflict with each other we adapt our practices for each field. For example, erosion is a much bigger concern on our hillside fields. With fields closer to rivers and creeks we want to avoid chemicals - even those produced organically - that are potentially harmful to aquatic invertebrates.

As a result, we have a patchwork of practices. Most of our fields are farmed organicly. All of our fields are certified "Fish Friendly." And we take pride that our farming practices, as a whole, require a minimum use of diesel fuel for each acre we farm.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Husch has always emphasized the importance of farming in the winemaking process: to make great wines you have to start with great grapes. Our family tradition of farming dates back five generations with an emphasis on grape farming in Mendocino County for the last three generations.

Climate, climate, climate:

When Husch started growing grapes in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley little was known about the growing prospects for this remote region. The climate of the Anderson Valley feels a strong cooling influence from the nearby Pacific Ocean. In viticultural terms, the region is known as a Region 1 growing area, a designation for the coolest climate in which grapes can be grown. Though summer days can heat into the mid 90s, evening fog is common and most nights cool to the mid 50s.

Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer thrive in this setting. Our Knoll Vineyard -- the first planting (1971) of Pinot Noir in the region -- continues to yield a distinct earthy fruit with wonderful complexity. Our Gewurztraminer fields, a mix of gnarled old vines (planted 1968) and younger plantings, produce a vibrant wine that wows the critics. We also grow Chardonnay at this location, much of it Husch's proprietary 'Vine One' clone. Along with 21 acres of grapes, our winery, tasting room, and the historic Husch House can be found on the estate property.

Feel the heat...

Just twenty miles from Husch the summer can really sizzle. The Ukiah Valley is isolated from the cool Pacific breezes by an extra range of mountains so heat-loving Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc thrive at this location.

Our partner vineyard, La Ribera, has been the source for Husch's warm weather fruit since 1979. This 150 acres vineyard is situated along the Russian River (“La Ribera” means the riverbank) between the towns of Ukiah and Hopland. Hugo Oswald developed much of this vineyard from 1961 to 2002. The vineyard is now owned by the Thornhill family.

Along with the Bordeaux varietals, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel are also grown with great success at this location. The Zinfandel planting is at least 50 years old. Aerials photos from 1950 show a mature vineyard so we suspect the field was planted immediately after the repeal of prohibition. The Syrah field, in contrast, produced its first fruit in 2003.

Consistency matters…

Husch wines have been long regarded for their consistency. Part of that success can undoubtedly be attributed to vineyard manager Al White, who started work at Husch in 1973. During his long tenure at Husch, Al has worked nearly every job in the vineyard and winery (including co-winemaker one year). Under Al's guidance, the vineyards at Husch and La Ribera continue to produce the great grapes we need to make great wine.

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Hours

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm

Address

4400 Highway 128
Philo , California 95466
United States

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