Book your corporate or family event at Sonocaia winery and Hydeout farm

Book your corporate or family event at Sonocaia winery and Hydeout farm

Thinking about booking a corporate event or a private family function? Our winery and farm might be just the right place…

Sonocaia is more than just a warm and inviting estate vineyard and boutique winery.

We’re also eleven acres of compelling ecological and agricultural projects.

Venues

We offer corporate team building functions and private family events, all mixed with learning about sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Explore the symbiotic relationship between nature and viticulture. Savor serious wines and farm-to-table produce while fostering a commitment to ecological and agricultural values. Schedule an educational seminar on a variety of grape, wine, and farming topics.

The winery and farm has a continuous and evolving set of projects underway at all times. Visitors are encouraged to inquire in advance about topics of interest.

Click here to inquire about booking your customized event

Catering

We partner with great chef-caterers offering delicious food options as part of your event plan.

Add an ecological or agricultural topic to your visit

Begin with a farm tour of bee hives, fruit orchards, and olive trees. Meet in the elevated pool house for a customized educational seminar. Take a stroll through the vineyard. Learn about composting, creek restoration, and surface water recovery. Or head straight to the winery to taste wine and enjoy a carefully curated chef’s meal.

In addition to grapes and wine, here are a few examples of the potential topics for your corporate or family visit:

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Learn about estate Sagrantino, our special Umbrian red wine

Our estate grown Sagrantino is a boutique-scale effort; it is a traditionally-made deep red wine that transports tasters to the hills of Montefalco, Umbia, Italy. A rare find in California, this varietal is relatively unknown in the new world and is sparking curiosity from both the casual traveller and the serious wine critic. We have painstakingly cultivated our highly regarded Sagrantino vineyard over the years with careful sustainable farming practices. The resulting rich wine makes a bold but approachable statement.

Learn more about our estate Sagrantino here: information about Sagrantino

Shop for our Sonocaia estate reserve Sagrantino and other wines here: shop for wine now

Book your event today to secure the best dates

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Use this link to book an event: I’m thinking about booking an event
Or leave a message of inquiry for winery: 415-793-7985

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Grand Opening of Sonocaia Estate – Sold Out

Grand Opening of Sonocaia Estate – Sold Out

All three days sold out!

Please keep an eye on this blog post channel for future Sonocaia events

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All of us at Sonocaia thank you, our long-time winery customers and blog post readers, for the support of this passion project. We’ll see you in November for the grand opening wine events. And keep an eye out for other fun event announcements coming soon.

Current ranch news:

Grape harvest – the 2023 harvest is running late all over wine country, and the same is true for our estate Sagrantino. As everyone knows so well, we had a very wet winter, finally; and a rather slow and cool-ish summer. We’re pushing harvest out as far as possible to coax the last critical flavors from the fruit. Right now, with this mini-heat wave, looks like harvest will be around October 12th. 

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Sagrantino from the estate vineyard ripening perfectly in October 2023

Prickly pear margaritas – the cactus flowers have ripened and we’re once again enjoying prickly pear margaritas. The process is time-consuming, but well worth it. It’s a treat to enjoy the incredible color, flavor, powerful anti-oxidants…and the chance to enjoy some Mescal cocktails as the sun sets and the color of the sky matches the drinks.

Hens and Eggs – as the weather cools, the hens have started to molt, meaning they are dropping summer feathers in favor of warmer winter plumage. The energy required for this change causes egg production to dip.

The Pleasures of Farming – Fall is such a great time to harvest the fruit of so much summer labor. Here, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and peppers fill the kitchen. Soon enough, the cold and rains will come and we’ll sit by the fire, eating and riding from this bounty, while the gardens enjoy a well deserved rest.

Honey harvest – this year’s harvest of honey was kept modest as we want the newest hives (Mann Lake, Bee Kind, and Ranger’s Wild Swarm) are left with ample reserves for the bees to over-winter. One hive got a bit out of control with honey comb built outside the “follower boards” and that was the portion that we harvested.

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Thanks again!

Warmly from Sonocaia

Ken and Cynthia

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P.S. This just in

Our little town of Sonoma has an incredible number of non-profits serving many needs in our community. Last night, we attended thhe gala for the Sonoma Community Center. Dear friends Simon and Kimberly Blattner, stalwarts of our non-profit community, were honored as the 2023 Sonoma Community Center “Muse.”

And in the foreground of this photo, members of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and equally worthy Sonoma non-profit.

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2023 Sonoma Community Center “Muse” Gala

Grand Opening Invitation to Sonocaia!

Grand Opening Invitation to Sonocaia!

Announcing the grand opening event of Sonocaia estate vineyard and winery

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Join us for a delicious wine and food experience at our new Sonoma estate, Sonocaia (So-No-Kai-Yah). As one of our loyal Hydeout and Dysfunctional blog post readers, you get first shot to this event. Tickets will sell quickly. Three dates to choose from: Nov 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Ticketed reservations are required. Seating is very limited. Your ticket includes our inaugural 2021 estate reserve Sagrantino, plus new and current releases, older library wines, and curated charcuterie. All set in our new winery.

Instructions: Click on the link, choose ONE of three dates, select number of tickets (max of 2) then ‘Add to Cart’ and proceed through checkout.

Sonocaia’s Inaugural Launch Event – click here for tickets

If you are unable to purchase tickets, that means the date is already sold out. Please try another date. Or email us at info@sonocaia.com. We will be keeping a first-come first-served waiting list. Special discounts for wines purchased at the tasting will be automatically affilliated with your ticket.

Sonocaia’s Inaugural Launch Event – click here for tickets

About Sagrantino: Our estate grown Sagrantino is a boutique-scale effort and one of only three wineries in the entire United States dedicated this variety. The Sonocaia Sagrantino is a traditionally-made deep red wine that transports tasters to the hills of Montefalco, Umbia, Italy. A rare find in California, this varietal is relatively unknown in the new world and is sparking curiosity from both the casual traveller and the serious wine critic. We have painstakingly cultivated this highly regarded Italian varietal with meticulous sustainable farming. The resulting wine makes a bold but very approachable statement. Think of Cabernet or Petite Sirah in complexity and structure, but with the body and finish of a softer wine. The nose offers enticing aromas of red and black fruits, dark chocolate, cedar, earth, savory herbs, and a touch of oak spice. On the palate the wine shows a rich, full body with a lovely, long-lasting finish. These features make Sagrantino a wine that will last nicely throughout an entire meal.

Sonocaia’s Inaugural Launch Event – click here for tickets

To learn more about our estate Sagrantino, click here

To read about all of our wines, click here

Pronounce it like this: SO-NO-KI-YAH  SAG-RAN-TEEN-OH

We look forward to seeing you in November…

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Ken and Cynthia in the new Sonocaia winery back in late winter of 2022 as construction is completed and oak barrels are moved in.

Sonocaia – your invitation to the newest estate winery in Sonoma Valley

Sonocaia – your invitation to the newest estate winery in Sonoma Valley

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Coming soon – your invitation to the newest boutique winery in the Sonoma Valley

You are currently a subscriber to our about-to-launch Sonocaia Winery (you’ve known us for years as Hydeout Sonoma and Dysfunctional Family)

And you are first in line for an invitation! Keep an eye out for subsequent emails like this for your invitation.

If you are seeing this in an email directly from Ken or in social media, you are likely NOT on our list. Please click this link: Sonocaia and scroll to the bottom of that page and provide your email address. You’ll be added automatically to the invitation list.

Seven years in the making – the Sagrantino estate vineyard and the Sonocaia Winery:

Do you love a dark red wine that you can enjoy all the way through an entire meal, from the cheese plate to burgers to tiramisu?

If yes, then our Sonocaia Estate Reserve Sagrantino is for you. Our Sagrantino targets the middle of the famed enticing wine triangle:

  • Pinot Noir (smooth and easy to drink but often without much body or length)
  • Cabernet (jammy and full bodied, but often hot and tiresome after a glass or two)
  • Petite Sirah (inky dark and spicy, but often rough and tannic).

We’re one of just a few Sagrantino growers in the entire country, and our rare Estate Reserve Sagrantino sits squarely in the middle of the triangle – offering great juiciness and body and tannins, and yet is somehow easy to enjoy over the course of an entire meal. Especially when cellar-aged for a few years!

How do you pronounce Sonocaia Sagrantino?

Say it out loud:  So-No-Kai-Yah  Sag-Ran-Teen-Oh

Sagrantino is capable of producing wines of awesome power and grace, yet was on the verge of extinction just 30 years ago. Even now, less than 2500 acres of Sagrantino exist worldwide!

A small group of elite growers in Montefalco, Umbria, Italy realized what they had and brought Sagrantino forward to the modern wine world. And the world took notice. In 2018, Worth Magazine noted that Sagrantino was poised for “a huge breakout in the wine world.” Last October, the “World of Fine Wine” wrote about the miracle of Montefalco Sagrantino. Wine Spectator raved about Sagrantiono saying this: Wine Spectator. And SF Chronicle Wine Competition issued eight medals to Sagrantino in 2022.

What started the Sonocaia project? Our fascination with Sagrantino began twenty years ago. Like so many great wine memories, ours began over a spectacular Italian dinner in San Francisco in 2003 where this famed Paolo Bea Sagrantino Pagliaro was served. 

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The wine was dark and juicy and bold, and yet fit beautifully with food and was easy to drink glass after glass. We committed to someday grow this variety and build a following around it. Thus began our very passionate inquiry into Sagrantino and what ultimately lead us to dedicate ourselves to this extraordinary variety in Sonoma!

  • Sonocaia planted 2 acres of estate Sagrantino vines in 2016. The vines travelled from Italy to UC Davis to the nursery and finally to us. We also inter-planted tiny fractions of Cabernet, Petite Sarah, Primitivo, and Tannat in order to lengthen and smooth Sagrantino’s famed bold tannins.
  • The vineyard has been farmed by hand, 100% organically, with year-long careful attention to detail.
  • During the first two years of purposefully light yields in 2018 and 2019, we harvested some small amounts of the Sagrantino fruit and blended it with other red varieties from neighboring vineyards under the Dysfunctional Family Winery ‘black label’ brand. Want to be an early adopter of these wines? For sale now on the website, 85 cases of the 2019, and 38 cases of the 2018 remain, click here to shop for the 2018 and 2019 Dysfunctional Family Estate Reserve ‘black label’ wines. We can ship to you. Or you can pick up at the winery. Use this code at checkout for an instant 20% discount: FF20
  • 2020 was a wildfire year, no Estate Reserve Sagrantino was produced. Instead we harvested early and produced 28 cases of saignee’ rose’ (also under the Dysfunctional label). Click here to shop for the rose’. We can ship to you. Or you can pick up at the winery. Use this code at checkout for an instant 20% discount: FF20
  • The Sonocaia Estate Reserve Sagrantino yielded spectacular fruit in 2021 and 2022. Those first two full vintages of Estate Reserve Sagrantino are now aging beautifully in barrels in the new winery. Vintage 2021 to be released next year to mailing list members and wine club members only.
  • With the return of winter rains, the 2023 crop is also looking over-the-top exciting (see photo below)..
  • And after four years, winery construction is now complete and we are very close to opening!

We’ll be holding a series of small tasting visits soon for you, our subscribers. Come be a part of the fun. You get the first shot at reservations. Keep an eye out for subsequent emails for your invitation:

Where is Sonocaia:

We like to call it the “Far East” of Sonoma town. We’re a few minutes east of the Sonoma Plaza, and less than a minute east of the Vineburg Deli (which is at the corner 8th Street East and Napa Road). We’re in the Hyde-Burndale neighborhood just south across Napa Road from Gundlach-Bundshu and Scribe wineries:

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This week at Sonocaia. The summer flowers are hitting their peak. Please enjoy:

Final note – new chicks arriving in the hen house

Even in a protected setting like our hen house, apex predators manage to eat a chicken on occasion. So they must be replaced. A wonderful neighborhood kid is hatching her own chicks and selling them to neighbors. We picked up 10 new chicks last week and have them growing in their separate screened cattle trough – until they are big enough to introduce to the main population.

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Ten baby chicks under the warmth of the heat lamp

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Our adorable neighborhood chicken whisperer

Projects and day trips from Hydeout Sonoma (Part 2)

Projects and day trips from Hydeout Sonoma (Part 2)

Part 2 of farming and wine life in the Sonoma Valley…

Honey Bees and a National Park Ranger Talk on the Light Spectrum

Honey bees being a constant topic here at the Hydeout, what a great surprise to find a recent national park ranger talk on the color perception of bees! Turns out, honey bees see further out than humans on the light spectrum – which is why they can more easily find nectar in flowers. And why they don’t really like the color black.

Honey bees (cont’d)

Here are some more images of our work last week in the honey bees hives: 

American Graffiti in Petaluma

This year marked the 50th year since George Lucas’ coming-of-age movie American Graffiti was released on the silver screen. Cruisin’ the Boulevard showcased hundreds of American model cars 1972 or older who joined in the annual parade of classic American cars cruising through the streets of downtown Petaluma where most of the movie was filmed in the summer of 1972. The best place to watch was along Petaluma Boulevard, south of B Street to D Street.

Fire

Sad to say we’ve had two fires already in our lovely Hyde-Burndale neighborhood. The first was a grass fire from some untimely afternoon high grass mowing. Our local neighbors with a water truck beat the firefighters to the scene (due to a faulty address) and had the fire out quickly.

The second, was a structure fire right across the street from us. The awesome and very local Schell-Vista Fire Dept arrived, followed closely by Cal-Fire, and that fire was also put out quickly. Hopefully the last of this fire business for the year.

Meal Fit for a King

Hosted by noted Napa vintner John Boich of Boich Cellars, we enjoyed an incredible food and wine event at their Wall Road vineyard (where we are farming Cabernet and Syrah for Boich). Check out the menu below for each of these incredible dishes:

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Yours truly, Ken Wornick, with chef extraordinaire Landon Schoenfeld of Oak and Acorn Luxury In-home Dining

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The Boich Cellars menu from Oak and Acorn Luxury In-Home Dining. Find them at 612-618-5909, oakandacorndining@gmail.com

Wildlife

After a very wet winter, wildlife activity is booming around Sonoma and at the Hydeout. These images, shot by professional photographer Michael Hodgson, Sony Pro photographer & travel journalist, at www.michaelhodgsonphoto.com and michael@hitraveltales.com

Snake!

This is first time ever finding a snake at the Hydeout. Snakes, especially rattle snakes are super common up in the hills around Sonoma. Down here in the almost-flats, we have very few to zero rattlers. This snake however is actually a common gopher snake that was leisurely crossing the driveway. I grabbed it, put it in a bucket, and took it straight out the vineyard where it very quickly disappeared down a gopher hole – to my very great delight!

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Cork from Ganau, it’s Italian for cork

Our primary supplier of cork is Ganau, a local Sonoma company run by terrific people. In this video, you can see a natural product, cork, being naturally branded by fire. Click here to watch a 30-second video of cork being fire-branded at the Ganau plant

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Fire branded and ink branded corks

Final thought…

Fun night at the Big Easy in Petaluma seeing Illegitimate AC/DC. Fronted by my buddies Bob Taylor (as Angus, center, guitar) and James Marshall Berry (right, on bass). They rocked hard all night long. Bob and James are also an integral part of KSVY Sonoma, our local radio station. I was a guest on Bob’s The Morning Show last week – check it out here: listen to Ken Wornick on the KSVY Morning Show

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Next up – watch for a big announcement!

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My trusty 2007 BMW R1200RT gets me around to all the vineyard sites we farm.