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You know the saying “don’t blink when driving through this town because you might miss it” –well, I am certain that it originated from the town of Hopland, CA! Located right off the 101 don’t let this pint sized town size fool you, it is a beautiful and a unique destination waiting to welcome you! Here is my top 3 places I like to visit in Hopland.
When the Fetzer Family sold the famous Fetzer winery years ago they each created their own individual wineries. In 2001 John Fetzer created Saracina, located at the very end of Hopland if you are coming from the south. Saracina makes the well established Fetzer name live on with this certified organic and biodynamically farmed winery! The staff is always very friendly and the views are lovely. Not too mention John Fetzer himself is often around with a friendly smile on his face.
The tasting bar is open from 11 am-5 pm daily–if you are a non-drinker like me–there is olive oil (from their 700 organic olive tree’s they have on property) to taste along with local honey to purchase.
The quaint tasting room below.
The Wine Cave makes this place so unique. Ladies, keep in mind these caves are full of humidity–my hair always goes a little crazy–haha. Anyways, they offer tours of the caves upon appointment–call 707.670.0199 to schedule your tour.
Saracina is always impeccabley kept! Don’t miss walking by the pond it is one of four total–very peaceful!
Their handicapped parking is right in front but what I really want to point out is that Mr. Fetzer had a cement pathway made that goes almost everywhere on the Tasting room property. Very useful for those who need assistance!
Saracina has over 600 beautiful acres and is available for private events! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your next event. On November 4th they will be hosting the Saracina Mushroom Foraging and Gourmet Luncheon from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. You will get to meet John Fetzer himself while getting a lesson on the art of foraging for mushrooms! It will be followed by a four-course luncheon with Eric Schramm of the Mendocino Mushroom Company. Call 707.670.0199 to book your ticket as seating is limited or E-mail email@example.com. Also, don’t miss this spot if you are coming for the Hopland Passport Weekend–it doesn’t look like Saracina is participating but it still doesn’t mean you can’t stop by! Scroll to the very end to learn more about the Passport weekend. Saracina is located at 11684 South Highway 101 Hopland, CA 95449.
Campovida formerly known as Fetzers also owns the Piazza De Campovida which is also an Inn and currently open for booking. This is actually one of my favorite places to eat in all of Mendocino County! Thier Napolitano style pizza is baked in a wood fired brick oven that was hand made in Italy by the Stefano Ferara family. Their pizza is always on point and they offer a Gluten-free crust for only $3 more.
Here is the current Menu with my Favorites in Italic.
mixed nuts: seasoned with rosemary & pepper –$6
olives: campovida’s salt cured sevillano & kalamata olives – $7
spicy potatoes: pancetta, garlic, campovida dressingg –$8
meatballs: marinara, parmesan, & grilled ciabatta –$10
roasted seasonal vegetables: polenta fries, burrata, romesco sauce –$12
spicy mussels: pickled cherry peppers, white wines auce, tomatoes, basil –$15
garden: seasonal vegetables, champagne vinaigrette-$7
caesar: romaine, anchovy, parmesan, schat’s croutons – $8
add organic chicken….$4 avocado…..$2
arugula: strawberries, almonds, ricotta salata,white balsamic vinaigrette-$8
radicchio: walnuts, roasted dates, pt reyes blue cheese,balsamic vinaigrette- $8
grilled shrimp: kale, beans, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, walnuts & roasted red pepper vinaigrette –$14
margherita: crushed tomato, burrata, basil-$13
pesto: burrata, pinenut-basil pesto –$14
squash: mozzarella, pt reyes blue cheese, squash, rosemary- $14
sausage: tomato, mozzarella, roasted onion,house-made sausage, oregano, & arugula- $14
mushroom: roasted oyster, shitake, & cremini, melted leeks, mozzarella, thyme $16
pepperoni: crushed tomato, burrata, pineapple, jalapeno- $16
salami: marscapone, baby kale, roasted onion, artichoke $18
proscuitto: fontina, onions, arugula and balsamic reduction-$18
make it gluten free….. $3 add a farm fresh egg ….. $2
beef sliders: potato wedges & 1/2 garden salad- $12
meatball calzone: mozzarella, roasted onion, salad-$14
“wet calzone”….. $2
pasta: bolognese classico with parmesan & toasted garlic bread –$14
roasted chicken: orzo & vegetable salad, pesto –$18
desserts – all $8
popsicle trio: strawberry, blueberry, red wine & mulberry
seasonal fruit cobbler: warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
affagato: espresso shot over a scoop of vanilla ice cream
tiramisu cup: a unique take on an italian favorite
Here is the entry–the stairs go to the rooms, the restaurant is down the hall on the left.
The interior is simple and rustic and the service is always great.
This is a fun place to be when a game is on (there’s a TV behind that slider).
This is new to the piazza–they now have a little refrigerator of goods to grab. I got the green olives! This is all grown in their garden down the road at their winery (which we will get to next).
I noticed this sign when I was leaving–I will definitely be grabbing some fresh eggs next time!
My favorite thing to do during the warmer months is to sit outside in the evenings by the fire while eating. Mendocino County is well known for it’s cool evenings, no matter how hot it gets during the day the nights always cool off. Pull up a chair–your food will be served right their on the fire pit edge. The down-to-earth atmosphere allows for a great place to make new friends!
Just a short distance down from the Piazza is the Campovida Winery–a place I used to enjoy at least once a week for lunch when it was Fetzers! They still have their beautiful garden that used to be open to public at all times–they even had signs up saying to pick whatever you wanted to taste. Those signs are gone and this place is a little more private as the Family lives right on the property–understandable. However, the garden is still open all they ask is that you do something to support the business before partaking in it’s beauty. So, if you grab a pizza from their restaurant or olives and drinks to go–head on over here for a beautiful clean atmosphere with breathtaking views.
I have lunched at these picnic tables a few times–lovely!
Here is the Bocce Ball Courts.
This is the Fermentation Barn. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for tours.
They ask that you check-in here before you walk through the garden.
Here is the pool area.
This is where wedding receptions often take place.
And this is where wedding ceremonies are performed along with events and special shows.
The food is always super fresh at their restaurant–this is why! The sign says it all. Allen–the grounds manager does a superb job keeping everything looking good and is also a very kind man!
Campovida is located at:
Phone: (707) 400 6300
E-mail: email@example.com — for general inquiries.
Hopland Passport Weekend is almost here! Purchase your $45 ticket here to save $10 buying your ticket at the door. On October 17th and 18th—15 wineries will be participating in for the non-drinkers (me) there will be food pairings at each stop, seminars, art, and live music! The event runs from 11 am-5pm each day. Click destinationhopland.com for more info.
My Quick Take: Hopland is a unique gem of a town that people often compare to Napa 30 years ago and is not to be underestimated! Hopland’s Passport Weekend is a perfect time to come and visit–the vineyards are just starting to change color–don’t miss it!
Have you been to Hopland? Let me know in the comments what your favorite thing to do in Hopland is!
*I was not paid to do this post–I just love Hopland!