In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine purchased the prized Barbieri Ranch in Russian River Valley’s coveted Olivet Road district. They both had advanced anthropology degrees but no background in farming or winemaking. They committed to learning and growing together, and are producing great quality wines from several vineyards in Sonoma County. Jason De Loach, Cecil’s grandson, is the current winemaker and has studied enology and worked at vineyards in Chile. They launched Hook & Ladder Winery in 2003 shortly after selling De Loach Vineyards. They do their best to practice sustainable agriculture to preserve their beloved homeland including integrated pest management and using only the most environmentally safe chemicals when necessary. Their chardonnay is rich and full on the palate with apple-butter and floral aromas with an orchard fruit palate with hints of citrus, and a long toasted butter finish with a kiss of oak. Sustainably grown.
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In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing 24 acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. In the early seventies, the De Loaches decided to acquire additional vineyard land.
For several years they watched others make notable wine from their grapes before making the decision to produce wine under the De Loach label in 1975.
More than three decades later, Cecil and Christine sold that label and have continued their winemaking skills at the helm of a small family winery that employs a simple philosophy - craft exceptional wines, from the highest quality grapes, that people love to drink.
We consider each step of the winemaking process an opportunity to showcase the distinctive flavors contained within our carefully cultivated grapes. Every bottle of wine is a worthy representation of the best effort from each and every person at Hook and Ladder Vineyards and Winery.