Perfect Season

Norma Knobel Hunt, wife of Kansas City Chiefs founder and American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, is a woman devoted to family and its sports-related companies. In 2000, she founded Bidwell Creek Vineyard, a venture that gives voice to her passion for viniculture. While in the Bay area for a Kansas City Chiefs/Oakland Raiders football game, she and Lamar discovered Knights Valley. Its landscape and climate were reminiscent of Italy and they found the warm afternoons and cool evenings an ideal environment for growing Bordeaux varietals. They selected a ranch on the banks of Bidwell Creek and planted the first blocks of vineyard in 2002. As the County’s eastern-most AVA, its climate is the warmest and its soils are largely composed of mineral-rich material, making it more reminiscent of neighboring Napa Valley and an ideal environment for cultivating Bordeaux varietals.