Hart’s Desire Winery, founded February 2,1991 by John and Desire Hart, is a small boutique winery nestled in the rolling hills of Alexander Valley near the town of Asti. The Hart’s mission is to create a limited production of handcrafted wines from the finest vineyards in appellations throughout the state. Each of their single vineyard selections is designed to express the full spectrum of eccentricities, derived by time and place, soil and grape. The Harts do most all of their own picking and gently handle small lots of fruit. They use a small crusher, a hand crank basket press and gravity to move their wines and they don’t own a pump or stainless steel tank. This allow the wines to be produced using minimal intervention and gentle handling techniques. All wines are aged in the finest oak barrels and bottled unrefined and unfiltered to retain as much complex varietal character and expression of the vineyard. John’s goal is to produce “knockout” wines from exceptional vineyards with the emphasis on fruit, intensity, and balance. The winery’s growers are committed to their work and it is their contribution which is the cornerstone of Hart’s Desire consistent quality and style from vintage to vintage. These limited production wines bear uniquely, artistic labels that they think expresses their artistry in the bottle.

For years, John, a microbiologist, tinkered in his kitchen and garage making both beer and wine. In 1990 John and Desire decided to turn the expanding hobby into a full time pursuit, as it was becoming apparent that John’s adoration for wine wasn’t going to disappear. Desire wanted a place to park her car again! On handshakes and goodwill, John was able to build both contracts and friendships with quality growers in Napa, Russian River, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and down south in Edna Valley. During this time Desire, a homecare nurse, took care of Mr. Ponzo of Russian River whose grapes produced a silver medal in the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for Hart’s Desire. Hence the saying, Desi coined “from homecare to Harvest Fair!” Over the succeeding years Hart’s Desire Wines gained medal recognition for their handcrafted wines.


John and Desire Hart



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