After nearly 20 years as the Director of Winemaking for Stevenot Winery in Murphys in the famed Gold Rush Country of California, Chuck Hovey’s professional reputation for quality, consistency and excellence is as well established as one of his vineyards.
Chuck started his career at J Lohr Winery in San Jose, where he worked for six years.
Having fallen in love with the Sierra Foothills on a quick visit through the area, Chuck was thrilled when he was offered a position at Stevenot Winery as Assistant Winemaker. Five short years later in 1988 he was promoted to Director of Winemaking in charge of all production, and so began a Golden Age for Stevenot Winery.
In the last two decades, Chuck, with his pioneering spirit, created some of the most impressive and innovative wines that this region has ever seen bringing such wines as Tempranillo, Albarino and Verdelho into the mainstream market. His style is unmistakable – his passion contagious.
The release of the 2007 Chardonnay in 2008 on his own Hovey Wine label marked the realization of a life-long dream, one dedicated to producing the finest wines the Sierra has ever seen … now with the Hovey name on the bottle!
With the addition of Hovey Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Barbera and Viognier, production and sales have doubled in less than a two-year period, even in a down economy.
Chuck has been involved in the wine industry now for 33 years, has lived in Calaveras County for more than 25 years and resides in Murphys with his wife, Jan, and son, Kyle.
Chuck feels that he has the ability to not only continue his winemaking legacy, but to surpass it, and when you taste Hovey Wine, we are sure you’ll agree.
Jan Hovey, co-owner of Hovey Wine and wife of Chuck, has owned Target Marketing for 19 years and has more than 30 years experience in the marketing and public relations field.
Her training began in marketing at Yosemite National Park as the conference and wedding coordinator, and she was the manager of two spas and a motel in Calistoga when she met Chuck on a blind date in 1985. Within months she moved to Arnold to be with her soon-to-be husband.
Under the tutelage of the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, she was the event coordinator for the Calaveras Grape Stomp and revamped the signature Murphys Irish Day.
More recently she co-wrote “The Guide to the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway” and is editor of Central Sierra Seasons Magazine. She also writes weekly columns for Sierra Lodestar and the Calaveras Enterprise and is very active in the community, especially with area non-profits.
Kyle Hovey was born the day after Christmas in 1994 and is a Senior at Bret Harte High School. Besides helping out dad in the cellar, Kyle plays a mean guitar and is a cross-country runner who does web design and electronics on the side.
“I thought the Hovey Tempranillo was the best wine at the 2011 TAPAS tasting with great complexity, and it sells for only $22. I look forward to trying more of Chuck’s wines in the future.”
Richard Jennings, international wine critic
$36.00 / shipment
$72.00 / shipment
$102.00 / shipment
$195.00 / shipment
Cost does not include tax or shipping. Wines can be picked up at the tasting room or shipped via UPS.
The Hovey Tasting Room is located in the 1850 Albert Michelson house.
Albert Michelson was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for being the first person to determine the speed of light, the precursor to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. He lived in this house from age four to 12. The fir flooring, as well as the paned windows is all original from 1850, so the tasting room honors that heritage alongside the contemporary talents of all local contractors. After several months of renovation, the tasting room opened for business May 18, 2012.
You are invited to taste the nationally and internationally acclaimed wines of Chuck Hovey, a well-respected Sierra Foothill winemaker, in the incredible setting of the 1850 Albert Michelson house, 350 A Main Street in the heart of Murphys. Located in California’s Gold Country in Calaveras County, Murphys was voted one of the top 10 “coolest” towns to live in, with more than 20 tasting rooms, unique boutiques, historic and contemporary lodging, gazebo and park, and a bevy of culinary eateries all within walking distance.
Our tasting room philosophy is simple – Linger Longer! Enjoy Hovey wines on bistro tables in the tasting room, on wicker love seats on the porch or on picnic tables made by local high school students in the bounteous garden. Wines are also available by the glass or by the bottle.
Unique gifts and healthy snacks are readily available in the tasting room. Our tasting room is dog and friendly and the grounds are a safe haven for children and families on Main Street.
We, at Hovey Winery, want you to take in the entire experience of the Michelson property and historic garden. Sip, sample and choose your favorite wine to go with lunch or dinner from our next door neighbor, Café Espresso.
Future plans include adding retail space and refurbishing the beautiful old barn into additional shops. Our goal is for you to savor the iconic Murphys experience at The Shops at 350 Main. Please, linger longer.