Hollywood Hill Vineyards is a small, family run boutique winery in the heart of the Woodinville wine country. HHV is situated on Hollywood Hill with 2.5 rolling acres. What makes HHV unique is that we are the only winery in Woodinville that has an actual vineyard! We have about 1.5 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay In 2011, Wine Enthusiast awarded our estate grown 2009 Pinot Noir 90 points!
We do all the work at our winery and vineyard by hand. All the winemaking is done in small batches and we only bottle a few hundred cases in a year. The wines are aged and bottled at our winery on our property and we sell directly to you from our tasting room also located on our property. Very much like estate wineries all over the world. All the work done next to the vineyard, the most important part of the whole wine making process.
About Steve: We like to say Steve has been “fermenting things for 20 years”.He became an avid beer home-brewer and certified home-brew judge in the early 1990’s. Steve has studied grape-growing extensively for the past 17 years and completed coursework in wine making at Washington State University and University of California at Davis.
Looking back, Steve attended his first class on “Grape Growing in the Puget Sound” at Bainbridge Island Winery in 1998. Shortly after attending the class he and a friend, Jeff Jernegan, leased an abandoned 5-acre vineyard on Vashon Island, named it Maury Island Vineyards, and began planting and experimenting with over 20 varieties of grapevines. Steve and Jeff also reclaimed the existing Chardonnay, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Siegerrebe, Madeleine Angevine, and Gewurztraminer vines. The first harvest from MIV came in 2000.
Shortly after that we moved to Woodinville, and Hollywood Hill Vineyards became a bonded winery in 2004. “The lease was up on Maury Island and we had two small kids, so we decided to look for a place to grow grapes closer to our day jobs. We had always targeted Hollywood Hill as an ideal growing location and were very fortunate to find our place in Woodinville.” The first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines were planted at HHV in early 2004, and the first wines from the Estate Grown grapes were released in April 2008.
Steve sits on the Board of Directors for the Puget Sound Wine Growers Association and has lectured on viticulture topics throughout the area. He also lectured at the Focus on Farming convention in Snohomish County for several years. For the past 6 years he has held a very popular full-day class, Growing Grapes in a Cool Climate, open to anyone interested in viticulture west of the Cascades. Steve was part of the faculty at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College for 2 years, teaching Viticulture classes as part of their wine degree program.
About Becky: Becky’s interest in wine began with a glass of Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc. “I’m not proud of it, but that is honestly the first time I realized there was more to wine than Boones Farm Strawberry!” Fortunately things took off from there, and her love of wine was solidified after reading Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch. “I credit this book with completely demystifying French wines and opening the door to our uninhibited exploration of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, et al.”
What began as a hobby took on more significance when Steve decided to pursue grape-growing and winemaking professionally. “We had our two boys and Steve stayed home with them as we contemplated and began building the business.” “It’s very different than the corporate world. I love the fact that Steve and I can make decisions quickly and see the direct result of our efforts. It’s also allowed me to be more creative, especially since I love to pair our wines with foods and share them with friends and guests.” Perhaps the biggest surprise has been how much she loves the tasting room – meeting and talking with so many people about our shared love of wine!