Wild horses grace the wine label of 14 Hands Winery
Have you taken a horseback riding vacation in wine country? I’ve written about horseback riding in Chile’s Colchagua Valley and a horseback riding holiday in Healdsburg in California’s Sonoma County. Not everyone has the time or money to go horseback riding through the vineyards. I’ve thought of a better way to bring horses and wine country to you for a fraction of the cost. Heck, you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to. Here’s a list of horse wine labels for your enjoyment and sipping pleasure.
I can’t say that I have tasted all of these horse-themed wine labels, but the artwork will appeal to any horse lover.
14 Hands Winery
The first horse I owned measured 14.2 hands tall. In the United States, my understanding is that anything under 14.2 hands is considered a pony. But let’s not get caught up in horse speak technicalities. I love the 14 Hands Winery label “Wild Horses” featured above. The International Equine Artist Cynthia Sampson created this artwork, inspired by a visit to wild mustang territory.
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates purchased the rights to this vibrant artwork to grace its 14 Hands wine label. The 14 Hands wine label pays homage to the wild mustangs that once grazed the hills of eastern Washington State. These wild ponies, measuring 14 hands high, were strong and tenacious and admired for their endurance and lively spirit. The 14 Hands wines are said to embody the spirit of these wild horses.
Black Stallion Winery
Formerly home to Silverado Horseman’s Equestrian Center in Napa, California, Black Stallion Winery also offers their high-end proprietary red wine, Bucephalus named after Alexander the Great’s Black Stallion.
Similar to Black Stallion winery, Bridlewood Winery was once home to an Arabian horse farm and equestrian center. The winery has redesigned its label, dropping the prancing horses in favor of a capital “B” for Bridlewood. Personally, I think the California Central Coast winery should stick with their horse heritage, but what do I know?
Clos Pegase Napa Valley