Award Winning Winery / Vineyard- Premier Old World Ambiance
Award Winning Winery / Vineyard-Premier Old World
The winery is without question, the most beautiful institution of its kind in the oldest wine producing region of North America.
The buildings, four altogether, are built primarily of adobe, and are reminiscent of an Andalusian town founded by the Romans in 60 BC in Southern Spain, and occupied by the Islamic Arabs in 711. They were created by one of the region’s most imaginative designer builders over a period of ten years, and reflect his having lived in Southern Spain and South America, and his extensive travels in India. 600 year old architectural antiques from those regions of the world give the winery an Old World and even mystical feel, and form an environment that is one of a kind. Ancient pillars, stone carved windows, fountains, ancient tile and timbers, and thick adobe walls, all arranged into a decidedly Southern Mediterranean setting, attract visitors from all over the United States.
For the fourth year in a row, this year, voters have voted the winery BEST WINERY in the state, and its exclusive members club as the city’s BEST KEPT SECRET. The dry red wines produced there are among the most respected in the Southwestern USA, and the above accolades, along with many others, allow the winery to produce small quantities.... About 7000 cases... and sell them primarily at retail prices, making the winery quite profitable in a world of high competition.
The winery is best known for its dry red wines which include Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Savignon, Tempranillo, and Merlot.
While Cabernet Franc garnered the most attention in the early days of the winery, the Meritage is the winery's biggest seller, and its dinstinctly French style blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Savignon produce an exceptional wine. It has won Gold and Double Gold medals from New York to California. The Vintner's unusual blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, and Cabernet are the basis of its popular flagship "1629", named after the year vinifera grapes were first planted in North America. These wines, and single varietals of Cabernet Franc and Syrah, are fermented in stainless steel and are macerated in a highly controlled environment for as long as ninety days, then pressed in a horizontal bladder press at a maximum of 18 psi. The resulting extraction makes the wines long-lived and highly age able, dense, and complex. After two to three months of settling and racking, ageing begins and is normally for two years in French and Hungarian bariques, although the use of 3,000-gallon French oak tanks are also used to lessen the infusion of oak tannins. The red wines are not filtered and are bottled with the use of nitrogen. They are aged for a third year in the bottle before release. Red wines are bottled at a pH of 3.73-5 on average.
Viognier, Riesling, and Gewurtztraminer are made into dry, crisp white wines that are fermented at very low temperatures for up to three months, usually bottled within four months of harvest.
The retail prices obtained by the winery's wines are generally higher than those garnered by other producers in the region, although lower than California wines. The Meritage is priced at $28, the Cabernet Franc at $29, and the 1629 at $41. The Viognier is currently priced at $24.
The winery holds concerts where famous musicians for all over the world have gathered to play in the winery’s GREAT HALL.
The wine club members are not merely credit card numbers. As the winery rests in the oldest and most beautiful part of the largest population center in the state, members have a strong sense of belonging, and are frequent visitors to the lush vineyard and intimate park-like setting, thereby creating financial stability and predictability for the business. The winery has enjoyed two decades of yearly growth.
Because of its unique beauty, the winery is solicited by a growing number of clients that rent its lovely grounds for weddings and private functions, contributing to annual revenues in rental fees, and purchasing its award winning wines. A professional staff handles the growing demand for events at the winery.
Visitors are transported to a different time and place, when beauty is created for its own sake. It was created, and has evolved to remind us all of our own spiritual aspirations, to bring into focus that the world is a magical, mystical place of profound beauty. It is also the crown jewel of a growing wine industry in the oldest wine producing region of the country, where wine grapes were first planted in 1629, one hundred and thirty five years before they were planted in California. It leads the local industry in a fast growing wine region, with the finest and most beguiling architecture and sense of place, the most hospitable environment and staff, wines that are routinely voted as the finest, and twenty years of sustained growth. It has become an institution known for excellence in every way.