Biodynamic wines from Lake County extend national reach with new distributors
Lake County, California, summer 2015—- Effective this summer the biodynamically farmed wines of Hawk and Horse Vineyards are now represented in Georgia by Atlanta Beverage Company, in Ohio by Tri-County Wholesale Distributors and in North Carolina by Carolina Craft.
“We are delighted to be represented by these respected fine wine distributors,” said Mitch and Tracey Hawkins, two of the Proprietors of Hawk and Horse, in making the announcement.
“These are wines which express an elegant personality as well as the uniqueness of their Red Hills AVA terroir,” explains Terence Douglas, Director of Wine and Spirits, Atlanta Beverage Company. “Wines of this style are what we seek but are so hard to find from California,” says Ted Delpra, Tri-County. “We are delighted to represent these distinctive wines,” adds Julia Hunt, Carolina Craft.
Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a family-owned and family-operated vineyard and ranch practicing biodynamic viticulture on a historic property in the Red Hills AVA of Lake County, specializing in estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Latigo (port). The first release was 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon.
A visit to Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a step back in time, to the white-fence-bordered pastures full of horses, a charming home-turned-tasting room with an antique Victorian bar, historic photos of the property and local memorabilia. Recently the California State Fair awarded Hawk and Horse Vineyards a Certificate of Excellence in Viticulture. David Boies, Christopher Boies, Mitch and Tracey Hawkins and the Boies Family are the proprietors of Hawk and Horse Vineyards. Mitch and Tracey farm the estate vineyard and are recognized as some of the leading biodynamic viticulturists in California.
The winery farms 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. The vineyards straddle slopes from a 15% grade to 85%, at elevations up to 2,200 feet, situated in the Red Hills AVA of California.” An unusual aspect most visitors comment on is that the soil literally glitters, due to the abundance of Lake County “diamonds,” tiny silica fragments which are the remnants of volcanic activity from the Mayacama and Vaca volcanic mountain ranges and nearby Mt. Konocti, a now dormant volcano. “Our family feels that a biodynamic approach brings you a wine which is a true expression of our sense of place,” explain Tracey and Mitch Hawkins. Hawk and Horse Vineyards has been Demeter-certified since 2008 and California Certified Organic (CCOF) since 2004.
The ranch is home to a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle as well as the horses and an enormous range of wildlife—from Red Tail hawks to bees, owls, bear, wild boar, bobcats, mountain lions and squirrels. Bird-watching brings glimpses of woodpeckers, bluebirds, herons, ducks and more. The property includes a plaque documenting the historical location of El Roble Grande, the largest Valley Oak ever recorded in California.
Atlanta Beverage Company is located at 5000 Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia, 404/699-6700, with branches in Marietta and Griffin. The family-owned company was founded in 1930.
Tri-County Wholesale Distributors is located at 425 Victoria Road, Suite A, Austintown, Ohio,
330/719-5022. Tri-County was founded in 1934 by Martin Lipton.
American Premium Beverage’s statewide arm, Carolina Craft, will supervise a statewide presence for the winery through four family-owned wholesalers, who are:
- American Premium Beverage (central North Carolina—Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point and Burlington), 5241 National Center Drive, Colfax, 336/852-2500
- Long Beverage (eastern Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), 10500 World Trade Blvd., Raleigh, 919/481-2738
- Coastal Beverage (eastern/coastal areas—Wilmington, Outer Banks, Beaufort, New Bern), 301 Harley Road, Wilmington, 910/799-3011
- Skyland Beverage (western North Carolina—Asheville, Charlotte), 1 Overland Industrial Blvd., Asheville, 828/670-6600.