We’re Glad You Stopped By
Decades of tradition are here to be experienced in Hopland. Appreciated as a place where deep knowledge of the land is expressed in artisanal wines, olive oils and honey, Hopland is the heart of the upper Russian River wine country and gateway to beautiful Mendocino County. Whether visiting us for Barrel Tasting 101 on January 30 & 31 or our Hopland Fall Passport on October 14th and 15th, 2017, or simply coming up mid-week, making Hopland your next wine tasting visit will lead to a new favorite weekend getaway destination.
Friday, September 22nd, Bats and
Friday, September 22nd, Bats and Stars
6-9pm, meet at the Rod Shippey Hall
Adults over 16 – $15
Children under 16 – $5
Enjoy an evening of nocturnal adventures for all at Hopland REC!
We will begin the evening with the opportunity to meet live bats up close with Corky Quinn of Nor Cal Bats, an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats.
As the last rays of sun filter from the sky we will head out into the field with wildlife biologists and bat experts Rachael Long and Leila Harris to try to listen for and see bats in the wild!
Once the night fully covers the heavens we will share the wonders of our solar system and beyond with local astronomers and enthusiasts Cathy Monroe and Dennis Slota.
Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the evening.
We welcome families and all lovers of the nocturnal realm to this event!
Saturday, September 23nd, Native Bees
Saturday, September 23nd, Native Bees in YOUR Backyard!
10am-11:30 Kate Frey’s Gardens, Hopland
11:30-2pm UC Hopland Research and Extension Center
$40 includes lunch ($35 Early Bird discount before September 1st)
How can you encourage your garden to be buzzing with life! Experts from the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab and award winning gardener and author of “The Bee-Friendly Garden”, Kate Frey will join us for this workshop to discover more about our native bees and other pollinators.
The morning will be spent at the gardens of Kate Frey. Kate’s gardens are renowned for their floristic diversity, color and the habitats they provide for wildlife. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed!
We will then drive to the nearby Hopland Research and Extension Center (approx. 8 miles from the gardens) to enjoy a locally sourced lunch.
We’ll finish our day learning about some of the 1,600 native bee species found in California, from the leafcutting bee to the cuckoo bee, the sweat bee to the mining bee! How we can identify them and how we can accommodate their needs in our gardens? Dr. Gordon Frankie will share the research done by UC Berkeley’s Urban Bee Lab and Dr. Rollin Coville shares his incredible photographs of native bees in action!
Saturday, October 14th, Hopland Hikes:
Saturday, October 14th, Hopland Hikes: Walk with the Director
10am-12pm, $5 per person
Enjoy a short hike (approximately 2 miles) with the Hopland REC Director, Dr. Kim Rodrigues to hear about the latest research being conducted on the site and enjoy the early fall colors on the 5,300 acre site.Bring snacks and water to enjoy through the hike. No dogs please.
14 (Saturday) 11:00 am - 15 (Sunday) 8:00 pm
Hopland to Redwood Valley
This year, Destination Hopland’s Fall
This year, Destination Hopland’s Fall Passport event includes 12 wonderful wineries. The region is host to more than 100 years of traditional winemaking, with grapes considered among the best in the world. Multiple generations of vintners have created a unique range of regional wines and original blends that have stood the test of time, representing a hidden jewel in beautiful Mendocino County.
We are excited to wrap up the fun with a concert on Saturday evening following the wine tastings — and admission is FREE with your Passport wristband! We are proud to present McKenna Faith and The Highway Poets, both performing at Campovida Winery (on Old River Road) from 5-8pm. Delicious Pilon Kitchen Food Truck is bringing Venezuelan food and over a dozen wines from your favorite Hopland wineries will be available for purchase.
Saturday, November 4th, Wine and
Saturday, November 4th, Wine and Mushroom Festival at HREC
10am-12pm: Mushroom Foraging
5-9pm: Dinner in the Oaks
7-9pm: Alex De Grassi
All events begin at the Rod Shippey Hall
See below for pricing
This event will benefit the research and educational work at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center.
10am-12pm – Mushroom Foraging
Chuck Vaughn and Dave Bengston local naturalists and experts in the world of fungi will share their Mendocino County bounty of fungi describing where different fungi are found, which ones to try and others to avoid! A stroll through our madrone woodland will allow participants to see one of the key habitats for foraging. We will finish the morning off with the opportunity to taste mushroom appetizers before you make your way into town to enjoy lunch at one of Hopland’s great restaurants (I’m planning to work with local restaurants to offer a discount on lunch for participants of this foraging event)
Ticket price – $20
5-7pm – Dinner in the Oaks
A chance to dine in the midst of the incredible 5,300 acre UC Hopland Research and Extension Center at their Rod Shippey Hall. Dinner will include some of the best of the counties local produce and Hopland wine including mushroom themed dishes to complement the morning’s foraging event offered at the center. After dinner Center Director, Dr. Kim Rodrigues and Professor Justin Brashares will share with diners some of the cutting edge research being conducted on the site from oaks to sheep and mountain lions!
Stick around to enjoy world famous acoustic guitar with Alex De Grassi after dinner.
Ticket price – $60
7-9pm – Alex De Grassi
Acclaimed guitarist and grammy nominated musician Alex De Grassi will provide the perfect ending to a day of fine food and foraging. Alex is well known for his fingerstyle technique and ability to make one instrument sing like many more, filling a room with classical guitar and jazz. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear virtuoso acoustic guitar in this incredible space at the Univeristy of California’s Rod Shippey Hall, Hopland. Ticket price – $20
Mushrooms, Music and Wine: Day ticket for all 3 events – $90
Dinner and Alex De Grassi Live – $70
Saturday and Sunday, November 11th
Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th, Hopland Sheepdog Trials
Spectator Hours: 10am-2pm daily
The Hopland hills will be ringing with whistles and calls and the sharp eyed, quick senses of 70 sheepdogs! The Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) will welcome the 6th annual Hopland Sheepdog Trial as part of the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association (USBCHA) sanctioned Open Trials. Please bring a picnic lunch/drinks and snacks. No pets please. $5 for adults; children under 12 free.
Saturday, December 9th, Hopland Hikes:
Saturday, December 9th, Hopland Hikes: Season’s Greetings
10am-12pm, meet at the Rod Shippey Hall
$20 includes warm drinks and materials to make your own seasonal wreath
Enjoy the red berries of the madrones, and clumps of mistletoe as we take a refreshing hike around HREC observing our winter glory. You may even get the chance to meet our newborns as the first of the lambs arrive!
Stay after the hike for the chance to make your own seasonal wreath with our Master Gardeners using locally sourced foliage. Warm apple cider will be offered in the hall after the hike.