Hardesty Cellars was founded in 2006 by organic grower and natural winemaker Chad Hardesty. Chad was born in southern CA, but headed north to work on, and later start, an organic fruit & vegetable farm, producing for local restaurants & farmers markets. With this background in agriculture & a firm belief in the natural & organic production of foods, Chad set out to grow & make high quality wines that are true to the idea of terroir & not manipulated in any way. Hardesty Cellars sources its grapes from Winnett Vineyards in which Chad has tended the vines for each vintage released, the first of which was 2008. Winnett Vineyard's is a small organic family vineyard in Willow Creek, Humboldt County, along the far reaches of coastal northern California. Located 250 plus miles north of San Francisco, Willow Creek is the only designated AVA in Humboldt County. Geographically Humboldt county shares a border with Mendocino county along the rugged North Coast. Willow Creek is a small community in the Trinity River Valley, a wild & mountainous region. Warm inland air during the day & cool ocean breezes at night coupled with a long growing season make for optimum ripening of lush, full fruit flavors while maintaining good, crisp acidity. The vineyard is perched on a south/southwest facing hillside at 900 feet elevation.
The Hardesty wines are 100% natural and crafted by hand in small lots from select vineyards. Chad uses only native, indigenous, and naturally occuring yeasts and adds no chemicals to create a true expression of terroir, vineyard, varietal and vintage. All the wines are made from certified organic grapes, and are unfined and unfiltered with no added sulfites