Lynmar Estate Adds Hessel Station Vineyard to Prestigious Russian River Valley Vineyard Estates Portfolio

Located in southern Sevastopol, the coolest and southernmost tip of the Russian River Valley, Hessel Station joins the three other sites of the Lynmar Estate estate, which include Susanna’s Vineyard, Adam’s Vineyard in Forestville and the original vineyard from Quail Hill Vineyard, located next to Laguna de Santa Rosa in the heart of the AVA. Together, the four wineries comprise nearly 85 acres of vines spanning the Russian River Valley. The portfolio of prime sites offers a wide range of varying microclimates, soils and exposures to produce site-specific Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

“Hessel Station stands out as a very special winery because of its geographic location at the southern end of the Russian River Valley, where it is cooled by ocean breezes,” said Lynn Fritz. “Adding this property reinforces our long-term vision of growing grapes in all the best pockets of the Russian River Valley. As the region warms up as you move north, each of our four vineyards of the estate produce wines that are distinguished from each other by their arrangement, their density and their character.

Hessel Station shares similar southwesterly coastal wind influences with Sonoma County’s Petaluma Gap AVA, located directly to the south. “The location and orientation of the Hessel resort strikes a perfect climatic balance,” says Pete Soergel, Director of Winemaking and Vineyards. “The vineyard combines wind and cool temperatures, but without excess, offering ideal conditions for a complex and elegant Pinot Noir. We anticipate a spicier flavor profile in the wines compared to our other sites, as well as improved vibrancy and texture. We are already excited about the potential of this vineyard and what it will add to our Russian River Valley portfolio.

At the time of purchase in 2018, the Hessel Station site was an uncultivated open field that had lain largely fallow for decades, allowing the Lynmar team to not only plant with clean slate, but also to treat the property as a reclamation project. Non-native eucalyptus trees were removed, mulched, and then transported as biofuel, reducing the risk of fire. To improve the soil structure, Lynmar planted organic cover crops consisting of barley, bell beans, peas and vetch, which were then tilled to feed the soil microbes. As part of Lynmar’s 30-year real estate plan, the site is sustainably operated by a permanent wine team.

For over 40 years, the heart of Lynmar Estate has been a commitment to its core values: sustainability, hospitality and responsibility for the greater good. “We strive not only to produce the highest quality wines, but also to operate our business in a way that considers the land, our team and the local community,” Fritz said. “We are always looking for ways to ensure that our business has a positive impact on the world around us.”

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About Lynmar Estate

Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Lynmar Estate is a preeminent producer of pinot noir and chardonnay wines. Resident owners Lynn and Anisya Fritz are intimately connected to day-to-day operations, sharing global values ​​of sustainability, world-class winemaking, local foods and community. Still more than the sum of its parts, Lynmar Estate is made up of four landmark vineyard parcels in the Russian River Valley, beginning with Quail Hill Vineyard established by the family in 1980.

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