Peter Haywood grew up in Chicago, earned a political science degree from Stanford University in 1958, served in the Marine Corps and following discharge started a construction and development company. Any history of Haywood Estate Wines begins with its vineyards, and his purchase in 1973 of 280 acres of rugged hillside just above the town of Sonoma. The next five years would be spent in clearing and planting 90 acres of grapes. Noting that early survey maps of the region identified much of the flora as “Chamizal,” meaning in Spanish “thickets of hardwood,” the name Los Chamizal Vineyards was chosen to represent the finished effort.
In 1980 Haywood purchased a small winery on lands adjacent to the vineyards, crushed his first grapes and began the process of producing wines under the eponymous Haywood label. Over the years the winery grew in size and different varietals were produced from sections of the vineyard that provided the best growing conditions for the particular grape. Soils ranging from well-drained sandy clay loams at the lower elevations to shallow, fractured, basalt soils at the highest elevations called for a number of varietal changes as did the effect of the sun coursing across the different facings of the hillsides. Today the Los Chamizal Vineyards are planted to mostly red varietals except for Chardonnay that is planted high on a north-facing slope.
Peter Haywood, Owner
18000 Gehricke Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
Winery Location Region: Sonoma Valley
Winery Open for Tasting: By Appt. Only
Has a Wine Club: Yes
* Club members will receive the highest discounts on all shipments.
Members will receive tri-annual shipments of Los Chamizal grown varietals and “members only” offerings of select wines from our vineyards when available
~ Discounts on all purchases and shipping
~ Wine delivered to your door
~ Special Member offerings
~ Notifications of special releases
~ Notifications of special events