ESTATE BOTTLED, A ROOT TO GLASS PHILOSOPHY
In the USA, the term ‘estate bottled’ is defined by law and the wine must be made from grapes sourced from vineyards owned or controlled by the producer, made in their facility, and bottled at the producer’s winery. In other words, estate-bottled wines are made with farmed, fermented, aged, and bottled on-site grapes. This gives us control of every step of the process and eliminates the carbon emissions from trucking wine all over the state. Most importantly, by growing our own fruit, we can guarantee consistent quality year in and year out.
We cleared the land and laid out the vineyard to preserve topsoil and the surrounding ecosystem. We tend the vineyards ourselves. Most winemakers don’t walk the vineyard until days before ripeness. Andy Schweiger, our winemaker, and Fred Schweiger, our owner, are out there year-round, participating in day to day vineyard activities.
Quality starts with the grapes in the vineyard. We pick clean for optimal flavor and quality. We sort out in the vineyard, discarding all leaves, rocks, and other debris to the best of our ability. All wine is made in our facility, where we control every step of the process and taste the wine through each stage of evolution. When the wine is ready, we bottle it on-site, at our own pace, and on our schedule.