KENWOOD, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kunde Family Estate announced today its 2013 calendar of hiking and tasting tours on the expansive Kunde Estate. Known for their award-winning Sonoma Valley Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Cabernets and Zinfandels, Kunde Family Estate is focused on crafting premium wines in a variety of styles for everyday and special occasion consumption. Since 2006, the hiking programs have served to both educate and entertain wine and outdoor enthusiasts on sustainable winegrowing practices and eco-system management.
"This is a great way to observe premium winemaking where it truly begins – in the vineyards. Our winemaking goal at Kunde Family Estate is to have each wine express an authentic core of aromas and flavors, reflecting the land on which they grow. Visitors will enjoy the variety of terrain these hikes offer while learning what sustainable winegrowing is all about," says Winemaker Zach Long.
Commitment to Sustainability
"As stewards of the land for five generations, we believe sustainable farming results in higher quality wines, ensuring the viability of our estate for generations to come," said Jeff Kunde, 4th Generation Winegrower.
The family's sustainability efforts have resulted in multiple awards, among them the State of California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Kunde was also one of the first wineries in California to be "Certified Sustainable" by the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
Kunde Family Estate Hiking Tours
Reservations for hikes are available at Kunde.com or by calling (707) 282-1537. Tour details and dates are listed below.
Dog Hikes with Jeff Kunde
This tour is a moderately strenuous three-mile hike through Kunde's 1,850-acre winegrowing estate. Lasting approximately four hours, dog walkers will enjoy wine tasting and a wine country lunch in the vineyards, while their furry companions savor a water bar and special treats. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit Canine Companions and the Sonoma County Humane Society. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
- Dog Hike: Saturday, May 18
- Dog Hike: Saturday, July 27
- Dog Hike: Saturday, October 12
Time: Dog hikes begin at 9:00 a.m. Hikers meet in the Kunde Tasting Room.
Tickets: $50 per person
Hike & Taste in the Vineyards with Sonoma Valley Docent Bill Myers
Guests taste wines along the way in the very vineyards where the grapes are grown on this fun and casual hike. Moderately strenuous, the hike lasts approximately four hours. The tour concludes at the Tasting Room, where invigorated hikers sample Kunde Family Estate's 100% estate-grown wines. Reservations are required. Guests must pack a sack lunch, water and wear hiking boots or appropriate footwear. Sunscreen is highly recommended. Space is limited to 50 people per hike. No pets or children under ten years of age allowed.
- Saturday, February 16
- Saturday, March 9
- Saturday, April 20
- Saturday, May 11
- Saturday, June 8
- Saturday, July 20
- Saturday, August 17
- Saturday, September 28
- Saturday, October 19
- Saturday, November 9
- Saturday, December 7
Time: All hikes begin at 10:00 a.m. Hikers meet in the Kunde Tasting Room.
Tickets: $30 per person
SOURCE Kunde Family Estate