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Hiking and wining alert!

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 at 12:02 pm in Uncategorized.

Kunde Estate

If you are equal parts Corkhead and hiking buff, you must check out Kunde Estate’s Green Tours. The next tours are on August 25 and October 20, the former coinciding with the beginning of the harvest season (Kunde’s 103rd, no less). The tour integrates lessons in green harvesting practices and sustainable winegrowing.

Fourth Generation Winegrower, Jeff Kunde, leads the eco-hiking tours, which climbs from the Sonoma Valley floor and up 1400 feet through the vineyards and into the Mayacamas Mountains. The program concludes with a wine country picnic and tasting overlooking Sonoma Valley. Hello — that’s so awesome!

Here are the deets:
Green eco-tour, tasting and lunch with Jeff Kunde Cost Per Person: $75.00.
Reservations: required.
The hike: Moderately strenuous and lasts about four hours. You’ll see sights of bountiful wildlife, panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery of the Sonoma Valley.
For more info: 707-833-5501, ext. 331.

If you can’t make those dates, Sonoma Valley Docent Bill Myers does similar hikes on Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8 and his are free! No lunch, obviously, but reservations are required. You can bring a sack lunch. Myers also goes through Kunde and wind through the estate’s distinct eco-systems, each one uniquely contributing to the process of sustainable winegrowing.

This hike is also moderately strenuous and lasts about four hours. They begin at 10 a.m. at the Kunde Estate Tasting Room. The hike will also conclude at the Tasting Room, where hikers can sample Kunde’s hand crafted estate-grown wines.

Happy wining and hiking!

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