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A Wild Hog Blog

Feb 06th 2014



The interesting thing about our vineyards on the wild and woolly Sonoma Coast is that we like them tucked away, our little secret. Not along some busy roads like SOME wineries we know. Our Wild Hog Vineyard is a small family owned and operated winery and vineyard (sadly no tasting room) in the hills between Cazadero and Fort Ross, in the new Fort Ross - Seaview appellation, which reflects the special conditions of our region within the larger Sonoma Coast appellation. The owners, Daniel and Marion Schoenfeld, have transformed the rugged mountain property into a beautiful lush garden with vineyard, orchard, vegetable beds, and fragrant flowers. Lovely fest for the senses.

They have been making wine since 1977 and opened the winery in 1990. The wine making practices follow the traditional ways. The highest quality grapes are used, the wine is aged in small oak barrels, and the complete wine making process is carefully tended by hand from the moment the grapes arrive at the winery until they leave as bottled wine. 

Wild Hog Vineyard believes that one of life's finest pleasures is sharing a delicious meal and fine wine with good friends. The Timber Cove Inn team concur.

The Wild Hog farm is approximately 110 acres that encompasses a large timber house and a 2000 square foot winery-both powered by solar and hydroelectricity, a three acre family garden and fruit orchard, and 5 acres of certified organic grape vines. Hot days, cool nights, and large rainfall produce excellent growing conditions and transform the rugged hillside into lush gardens and delicious fruits. 

At Wild Hog Vineyard it is difficult to separate the wine from the winemaker. Daniel Schoenfeld began making wine as a home winemaker in 1977. He loved good food and wine and wanted to share his enjoyment with friends. He and Marion, his wife and co-owner, are both gardeners with a passionate belief in sustainable living. Marion tends a three acre organic garden which produces the vegetables and fruits that the family consumes. When asked about the Wild Hog name Daniel shared that it came from the name of their canyon “Wild Hog Canyon” (of course) but the image on the bottle was taken by his father in 1986 of a Wild Hog sculptor by local brilliant artist, Bruce Johnson, as a birthday gift from wife Marion. (See “Art, where you least expect it”). And the rest, as they say, is history. Thank you Daniel and Marion Schoenfeld for such dedication to your craft and our enjoyment of your scrumptious wine.