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 an organic fruit and vegetable farm, producing for local restaurants and farmers markets. With his passion for organic agriculture and being a firm believer in the natural production of foods. Chad set out to grow and produce high quality wines that are true to the idea of terroir and not manipulated in any way.
Hardesty Cellars sources grapes from Winnett Vineyards in which Chad has tended the vines for each vintage released, the first of which was 2008. Winnett Vineyard is a small organic family vineyard in Willow Creek, Humboldt County, over 250 miles north of San Francisco. Willow Creek is the only designated AVA in Humboldt County. Willow Creek is a small community in the Trinity River Valley, a wild and mountainous region. Warm inland air during the day and cool ocean breezes at night coupled with a long growing season provide 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 in 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.