After sipping delicious wine with our friends on a hillside, it was time to explore the rest of Scribe Winery in Sonoma. This property is not only gorgeous, it also boasts a unique history. From a couple of adventure-seeking wine makers in the 19th century, to some Prohibition-era "activities," and even a few Thanksgiving turkeys, the land is once again growing the vines and, more importantly: making great wine!
The decrepit Hacienda on the property was built in 1915, and during the Prohibition it was situated along a busy booze-smuggling route. The hidden cellar was a safe haven for bootleggers, and as word spread, Sonoma townsfolk began to seek out these very same dirt roads in search of the house. With the code "Julius sent me," you'd be admitted to the underground speakeasy, full of wine and whiskey.
One hundred years later, one thing remains the same: if you follow the dirt roads up the hill, you'll still find a plethora of wine. The vineyard was originally planted in 1858, and Scribe seeks to make wines that "faithfully reflect what the vineyard naturally expresses."
Another crazy tale to this spot came during the 1970s, when the property was a farm and turkeys ran the land. In the bootlegging spirit of their forefathers, a new generation was growing a "less-than-legal crop." Until one day, a herd of sheep over-grazed on the nearby fields and were discovered sick and dazed downhill. This brought about a whole new kind of Prohibition on the property going forward.
We loved getting to know the stories of Scribe, and had such a fun time exploring the property, taking photos, and laughing with our friends. If you're in Sonoma, you must come visit and leave with your own story.
Thanks to Scribe Winery for providing us with their history - you can learn more about it on their website here.