All tasting experiences at Phillips Hill are available by reservation for your convenience and strongly encouraged. Due to our limited capacity, we only accept parties of 6 or less people.
All reservations can be made via Tock. All club members receive complimentary wine tasting experiences with bottle purchase, for up to four adults, with member present. All parties can have a maximum of six guests. We ask that all visitors agree to our Visitor Policy.
Relax in a private alcove above the creek, nestled under the apple dryer barn while your host leads you through a personal tasting of Phillips Hill wines. Learn our story, our winemaking style, and what to pair our wines with as you enjoy the comfort of one of the most historic and awe-inspiring settings in Anderson Valley.
Marvel at the endless views of redwoods, orchards and vines as you settle in at your private picnic table. Check in at the tasting room to pick up your personal wine tasting of six wines to enjoy at your leisure. Our hosts will check in on you to answer any questions. Please consider our Creekside Tasting experience for a more in-depth experience. Not available during winter months.
History of the Apple Dryer Barn
The former apple dryer barn just north of Philo is linked to rich family histories of long-time farmers and wine-producers whose presence spans 100 years in Mendocino County. The apple dryer barn was originally owned by the Day family in the 1880s. Prior to World War II, before fresh produce was readily available, apples were dried on site and transported to port by way of buckboard. They were then shipped out to communities along the Pacific coast.
Over the years, the original 53-acre Day Ranch has been used to raise sheep and grow apples, pears and grapes. The Oswald family, farming in Mendocino County since the 1950s, purchased the Day Ranch in the mid-1970s and planted Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes to grow alongside their crops. By 1979, over 100 acres of vineyards were planted.
The tasting room visible from Highway 128 retains characteristic elements of its past: weathered redwood siding originally milled from trees grown on the property, apple drying equipment, original wooden staircase and furnishings. Nearby ponds, willows and small apple and pear orchards are reminders of a bygone era.