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Hughes Family Vineyards

Sonoma County region

Exceptional wines that continue to garner prestigious awards

Keith and Cherie Hughes shared a vision of owning property in California wine country where they could one day manage their own vineyards and grow high quality wine grapes. This dream came true in 2001 when the Hughes bought a home and two organic vineyards in Sonoma County, located 850 feet above sea level and just above the storied town of Glen Ellen. The property was located at the intersection of three separate appellations: Bennett Valley, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley, and proved to be an ideal site for growing grapes that boast the best attributes of hillside, coastal and valley vineyards. The properties were planted to Syrah and Zinfandel, and it wasn’t long before the plan of producing wine grapes evolved into crafting superb wines that reflected their unique piece of land.

Before coming to the Sonoma Valley, Keith and Cherie lived in Dallas, Texas, where they pursued individual careers; Keith in the investment business and Cherie as a clinical psychologist for children, adolescents, and their families. Cherie was also a consultant to schools, developing a school violence prevention program. While both were successful, the Hughes longed to build a business together and decided that growing wine grapes was their ultimate dream job.

After managing their premium Sonoma Valley vineyards (Wild Turkey Vineyard and Savannah Vineyard) for a couple of years, the Hughes teamed up with acclaimed winemaker Rolando Herrera to start producing small batches of estate wine. Rolando Herrera boasts one of the most respected winemaker resumes in California, working with some of the most exciting wineries in the state over his 20+ year career. His experience includes ten years at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (the last seven years as Cellar Master), serving as Assistant Winemaker for Château Potelle, Winemaker for Vine Cliff Winery, and Director of Winemaking at Paul Hobbs Consulting. Herrera is also the owner of Mi Sueño Winery, which has been honored on multiple occasions with wines served at the White House. Herrera’s artistry and passion for winemaking produces superior wines and Keith and Cherie are enormously pleased to have him on the Hughes Family Vineyards team.

Hughes Family Vineyards saw the light of day in 2003 with an inaugural release of just over 100 cases of Zinfandel. The winery has grown very slowly over the years, and currently produces just under 700 cases annually.

It would seem that Keith and Cherie Hughes have found the ideal pursuit for their energies. They work together and produce truly exceptional wines that continue to garner prestigious awards and international critical acclaim. It is our pleasure to present this latest release from Hughes Family Vineyards to our Garagiste Wine Club members.

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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,

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We are delighted to provide you with our 2007 Syrah, made exclusively from the grapes we grow in our certified organic Savannah vineyard. As a single vineyard wine, each bottle tells us the story of the vintage from bud break in the spring (it was late in 2007 after a cool and damp spring), through the long growing season (we had a heat spike and exceptionally warm weather in late July and August), through harvest in the Fall (we had to hurry to hand pick all of the grapes to beat the rains that came back in mid-October).

Our picturesque Savannah Vineyard is situated at the crossroads of three exceptional appellations, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, and Bennett Valley. At an elevation of 825 feet, we are blessed with volcanic soils and our microclimate provides the perfect combination of cool morning fog that gives way to long, warm and sunny afternoons. We farm our vines to produce the highest quality fruit with the most intense flavors, focusing solely on quality not quantity. Our winemaker, Rolando Herrerra, oversees the growing of the grapes and then artistically crafts our fine wines with minimal intervention.

As we do with all of our wines, we waited patiently for the 2007 Syrah to reach perfection before making it available. Although we are a bit biased, we think you will find it ranks among the very best Syrahs you have experienced. The Gold Medals and numerous awards are flattering, but the most significant event is what you taste and you feel about our wine. We love it, and hope you will too.


Keith and Cherie Hughes

Rolando Herrera - Winemaker