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Hand-sorting grapes during a crush
Our wine fermenting in the barrels
The final result: ultra premium wine


The winemaking at Woodenhead is pure and simple or, if you will, Burgundian done California-style. Our wine is handcrafted from a hard labor of love in tune to the natural rhythm of the land, the water, the air, and the seasons. No mechanical pumping is employed. Inoculated yeast and malolactic cultures, hand punching, basket pressing, French oak, and California fruit is what you get. Small and unique lots are our goal, ultra premium wine is the result.

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Woodenhead has done it again!  

BEST CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR AND BEST OF REGION! from the 2015 California State Fair. (For more information on the California Wine Competition-click here.)

We won a Double Gold and 98 points for our 2012 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115 in the Russian River Valley. (Pictured to the left.)

Available for purchase from the Tasting Room for $75/bottle. Two bottle purchasing limit, four bottles for Wine Club members, six bottle limit for Woodenhead Just In Case Wine Club Members.

Another Win for Woodenhead!

The Fifty Best held a contest of 39 recently released California Pinot Noirs. Check out all the Winner here!


2012 Pinot Noir Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115, RRV

(Santa Rosa) $75

Grapes for this wine were sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in the Russian River area (planted in 1978), that lies in the low hills of the Laguna Ridge, with cooling morning and evening fog. Following fermentation and aging, this wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

Aroma: Black cherry, fruit, chocolate, hint of coffee, earthy, oak, rich.
Palate: Plum, raspberry, cherry, currants, cranberry, orange peel, chocolate, cloves, black pepper, tart, oak, good flavors, some earthiness, nice, well made.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

We are happy to announce that on August 7th four of our wines won medals in the Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition. We received Gold Medals for our 2013 Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel and our 2012 Guido Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County Zinfandel! We also received Silver Medals for our 2012 Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir and 2012 Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel!


Wine Enthusiast

Our 2012 Santa Cruz Pinot Noir, Lester Family Vineyards, received a fantastic 94 points in the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, June 2015 issue!


Wine & Spirits

In addition to the 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir receiving 92 points and Best Buy in the December issue of Wine & Spirits, it was also named as one of the Year's Best Pinot Noir! Out of 1302 US pinot noirs tasted over the past 12 months, Wine & Spirits critics rated 174 as exceptional (90+) and 43 as Best Buys.


San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

We received medals for all wines entered in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016 GOLD MEDAL for our 2012  Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and a GOLD MEDAL for our soon to be releassed 2012  Ritchie Vineyard RRV Pinot Noir.  Go to our Current Releases to purchase these award-winning wines today!


Stop in at our Tasting Room! Tasting room hours are Thursday through Monday, 10:30 to 4:30. The address is 5700 River Road, Santa Rosa, located one mile west of Slusser. There is a nominal tasting fee. 

Enjoy the website and check out our wines. If you have any feedback or questions, we would love to hear from you.

Nikolai Stez - Winemaker      

Zina Bower - Marketing & Sales