Welcome back to Part 2 of the Kunde Family Winery dog hike! Last Sunday we drove up to Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood to join in on one of their seasonal dog hikes with a large group of dog and wine lovers. It's such a beautiful hike through their vineyards and I kept thinking how amazing it would be to be able to start every morning walking through the hills, inspecting the grapes and enjoying the peace and quite. So much more appealing than battling the traffic through the Richmond toll booth at 6:30 in the morning, right?
The hike started out from the main building near the wine cave and headed up hill to our first stop at Bill's Lake! Now this particular hike was not a leisurely stroll down a lane, it was challenging at times, (or was that just me?) and dirty. But a fun dirty! All the dogs are able to run or walk off leash and swim in the ponds which is one of the main advantages of going on this hike. I really think the dogs enjoyed it just as much if not more than we do!
We stopped several times along the way to learn more about the growing process and more about the history of the estate, led by family member Jordan Kunde, which really gave you a sense of the sensitivity of the farming process since the Kunde's believe in a sustainable practice. Since I am currently working on a winery design I was fascinated by the integrated pest management system they use throughout the vineyards. For example, owl boxes are located throughout the acreage to help keep raccoons and rodents from eating the grapes.
The first picture below is actually the last pond on the hike so if you have a water dog then there are plenty of chances to go for a swim!
My friend Britt was mocking the fact that her fitness tracker was stuck in her boyfriend's backpack and that he better walk more to make sure she reached her total goal for the day! But when we did check we each walked about 4 miles through the estate! Now that's what I call a good workout! Especially when glasses of wine are offered along the way! (by the way the Reserve Series is incredible!)
Can you believe this mug? I seriously wanted to take this girl home, she was so sweet and amazingly enough her parents could let her off leash without losing her in the 1800 acres! I could have photographed her all day long, that face was so sweet. It took her about two seconds to find the treats in my pocket too! I love a good nose!
After the hike was over we sat outside and had a lovely lunch and were able to relax with our friends and enjoy more of their incredible wines. I particularly like the 2014 Kunde Reserve Chardonnay, and the Mr. is a big fan of the 2013 Kunde Sauvignon Blanc, Magnolia Lane. We can't wait to open the 2013 Kunde Reserve Century Vines Zinfandel at Christmas, made from vines planted over 130 years ago!
After our first hike we joined the Seasonal Six club and since then we've been able to personalize each shipment based on what we'd like to try, but what we didn't realize is that we can actually go up and set up a private tasting each time to make sure that we get exactly what we want. Now I know what we'll be doing with friends the next few months!