ORGANIC CRAFT SPIRITS WITH A TWIST
Looking for a new way to enjoy wine? Wine Country welcomes Hanson of Sonoma as its first organic craft spirits distillery that uses wine grapes as its base.
Hanson Distillery originated from a passion driven by sons Chris and Brandon to produce unique artisan spirits. After pitching the idea to parents Scott and Judy and siblings Darren and Alanna, it didn’t take long for it to become a full-on family affair.
Using a blend of three white wine grapes as its base, Hanson focuses on producing clean vodkas that are bright, purely organic, gluten-free and non-GMO. Hanson’s “secret sauce” centers around a still pot and pristine 50 plate glass batch filtration column which was custom-made in Germany. The 100% organically certified process begins with a base of grapes grown and harvested in partnership with the Ceja family in an adjoining space where their distillery and tasting room are located. Hanson produces various flavors of vodka from original to cucumber, mandarin, ginger, and habanero, to name a few. The fresh flavoring ingredients are hand selected based on organic quality and infused with the wine base in maceration tanks for three to twelve weeks before entering the batch filtration process.
Tasting experiences at Hanson offer a guided sampling of six vodkas and may include unique seasonal flavors such as espresso or boysenberry or guests may order handmade arti- san cocktails that showcase the unique flavor profiles of each vodka. If all goes as planned, in December 2018, the Hanson’s will be adding a Whiskey Mash to the line-up.
Walk-ins are welcome for tastings, but tours of the Distillery must be booked by appointment. Tasting & Tour experiences range from $15-$35 and bottles may be purchased to go for $30.
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22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma, CA
Article By: Laura Larson