The Hooper vineyard was planted in 1894 by John Hooper, a San Francisco banker who bought the property as a weekend retreat in Woodside for his family of seven children to escape the hustle-bustle lifestyle in San Francisco during the late 1900s.
The original vineyard was 40 acres that grew Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel from vines first imported to Northern California in the 1840’s by Count Artoston Harazthny from his native country Hungry. Harazthny chose a small valley (that is now the Crystal Springs reservoir next to Interstate 280) to plant 1,000 vines but struggled to ripen the grapes because of the cool moisture coming off the Pacific ocean.
He then moved up to Sonoma in 1857 and founded the Buena Vista Winery establishing Sonoma County as one of the great wine-growing regions in California.
NFL Football legend, Bill Walsh entertains his family and friends as he shares the latest vintages of wine grown in his backyard. While our beloved Bill was still with us, he found it more economical to plant a vineyard in his backyard, rather than the conventional alternative of landscaping, so he hired Woodside Vineyards to install, maintain, harvest, and convert the grapes into Woodside Vineyards’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir premium wines.
In the mid-1990s, Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh lived on a portion of the original Hooper property in Woodside. He hired Woodside Vineyards to revive the historic vines in his backyard, also adding new grape vines of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Bill spent many years hosting small groups of friends including the founder of Woodside Vineyards who also scored Super Bowl tickets through the years.
The vines have continued to mature producing wonderful tasting Chardonnay grapes year-after-year. Woodside Vineyards continues to maintain the vineyard, harvests and convert the grapes into Woodside Vineyards’ Chardonnay wine that is an exceptional example of wine grown in the terroir of the Santa Cruz Mountains.