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Hallcrest Vineyards & The Organic Wine Works

379 Felton Empire Road
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-4441

Tasting:   Open daily 12-5 pm
5% discount of 6-11 bottles, 10% on case purchase
Price Range:   $10 to $75 per bottle
Established:   1946
Vineyards:   7 acres
  30,000 cases

Hallcrest Vineyards & The Organic Wine Works Description

Off Felton Empire Road, behind some single-family homes, is the simple wooden “A-frame” building of this long-lived winery. Outside there are old tanks and wine equipment lying about, and an ancient wooden deck with tables and umbrellas looking out over their soon-to-be-planted organic vineyard. (The previous vineyard was wiped out by Pierce’s Disease in 2004.)

The emphasis at Hallcrest is on making small-lot wines from selected vineyards. They make wines that represent the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation and, specifically, the vineyards from which they are sourcing. Their concentration is on Pinot Noir (there are currently nine Pinots on their list), but also have Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Bordeaux blends.

The Organic Wine Works is a second label that uses organic production methods to make wine sourced from organically grown grapes. The estate vineyard is in the process of becoming certified organic. The resulting wines will not be just “made with organic grapes,” but made using totally organic winemaking methods, thus making them 100% organic. Organic wines include Pinot Noir from Mendocino, Zinfandel from Lake County, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and specialty blends. Many of these wines are made unfiltered and unfined to retain their earthy complexity.

The rustic wood-sided tasting room has a wall of ribbons from a long history of wine competitions. Vinegars and olive oils, salsas, logo clothing and much more are for sale, as well as juices and water from an old converted cooler. The wine bar is a simple affair made from old barrels. An old wood-burning stove adds to the charming country atmosphere.

Hallcrest Vineyards & The Organic Wine Works Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Gift Shop
"Green" Technology
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Cute stop
I really liked the display barrel of the Chardonnay fermenting sur lie style in the tasting room. My pallet is not accustomed to organic wine and I think that is why I wasn't leaning toward buying much.

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Welcoming and Wonderful!
winegirl, Mountain View
Very much enjoyed my trip to Hallcrest today! Everyone from the winemaker to the tasting room staff was warm and welcoming and I enjoyed every wine. The 2001 Cabernet was off the charts and I couldn't resist the Carousal Syrah. Definitely worth the visit!

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Great time, but don't be early
Great Pinot Noir. Make sure before you go they are open, because this is a small family run operation. And when they say they do not open before noon, they mean it! We walked up 10 minutes early and the family dog definitely let us know we were early. Once the noon whistle blew (really!) the owner/winemaker/host shooed the dog away and we had a great time. Family and friends dropped in and we weren't strangers any more.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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