Smiley here! last weekend, i visited the Scribe Winery in Sonoma with some friends. the land is insanely gorgeous, as you can see from the pictures but the history of the land is equally amazing. in 1858, a famous champagne producer named Emil Dresel moved to California in search of fortune. he settled in Sonoma and began growing grapes under the company name of Dresel wines and was awarded many prizes for his incredible wines. however, all of this came to a halt when the Prohibition was enacted in 1920.
the Hacienda (above) that sits on the property used to be the home of the Dresel family and during Prohibition, the hacienda’s underground cellar became a safe haven for bootleggers. word spread throughout Sonoma, and people seeking liquor would knock on the wooden door beneath the stairs and mumble the phrase “julius sent me” – allowing them to enter to thriving speakeasy under the home.
the door that opens the cellar is adorned with a map of Sonoma and the surrounding vineyards…. potential DIY project!
years later, it became the Scribe Winery and the team restored it to honor its 100 year old roots. they carry on the commitment to the land that the Dresel family once had – practicing sustainability whenever possible. even the bathroom inside the main office is gorgeous!
looking inside the wine cellar…
run by Andrew Mariani, Kristof Anderson, and Andrew Avellar – the Scribe Winery truly lives up to all the hype!