Wine Country by Horseback

Wine Country Trail Rides

Wine Country Trail Rides was founded in 1998 by Rafael Hernandez, a professional polo player who has been around horses since his childhood in Santa Barbara County. Along with his work as an instructor and world-class trainer, Rafael is the pioneer of vineyard horseback riding in Northern California.

Experience the serenity of nature and the stunning scenery of Sonoma County as Rafael Hernandez, founder of Wine Country Trail Rides, guides you through 1300+ acres of vineyards, ridge tops and ecological sanctuaries at the beautiful Chalk Hill Estate. At the end of your riding adventure you will be invited to a special tasting of Chalk Hill's award-winning wines.

Horseback Riders

Guided Trail Rides in the Vineyard

Trail rides are offered throughout the year three times a day. Please call for times. Excursions are open to riders of all levels, including children as young as seven years old. Wine Country Trail Rides also offers sport horses to qualified riders.

Group rides:  $100 per person + 20% gratuity / 1.5 hours
Private rides: $150 per person + 20% gratuity / 1.5 hours

Wine Tastings $20 per person
Reserve Tasting $30 per person

Tasting fees can be waived with two bottle purchase.

Vineyard Grapes

Wine Tasting and Culinary Tours

After exploring the estate on horseback, you will be treated to a tour of Chalk Hill's culinary garden, home to much of the organic produce used by our executive chef in his creations.  From there you will move to the Pavilion, an extraordinary conservatory overlooking the equestrian center, and enjoy a selection of wines paired with several of our chef's small plates.

Booked through the Tasting Room.  Ask for details (707) 657-4837


Polo Rider

Professional Polo Matches and Lessons Available

Chalk Hill's polo program is the creation of Rafael Hernandez, a brilliant rider with 25 years of professional competition and training experience. Rafael and his staff are available for private or group lessons. They work with collegiate, professional polo players and teams including three-on-three in an enclosed arena. Please call for details.


Horseback Riding in the vineyards


Corporate Retreats

Chalk Hill Estate and Wine Country Trail Rides offer the perfect backdrop for meetings, retreats and team-building exercises. In addition to our riding programs, we have the space, facilities and catering capabilities to host groups, associations and corporations. Please call for more details and rates.