What happens to a vineyard deferred? Okay, that may not be the exact quote from the esteemed Langston Hughes, but the idea holds for our Old Vine Grenache. Sourced from the Highland Vineyard in the Sacramento Valley, our bottles hold the last-ever grapes to be harvested from this sustainably-farmed, single vineyard.
So, what happened? At Kalā Wines, our mission is to work with small family vineyards. We strive to support the smallest of farmers, down to even micro plots; 1 acre at a time. We want to keep small family vineyards alive and independent, by prioritizing their grapes and always giving them a fair price. Their vineyards are all sustainably farmed with extraordinary care and the love that only a multi-generational family can have for the vines their grandparents planted. Thanks to the deep roots established during their decades-old histories, these vines need little, if any, additional irrigation. We saw the potential in the fruit from the Highland Vineyard and were delighted to use it in our inaugural Old Vine Grenache. But, by the time we began developing our wine, and truly tasted the incredible expression of these grapes, it was too late. This 70+ year-old vineyard and its beautiful fruit was not profitable for the family and they could not afford to farm it any longer. The family farm decided to push down these old vines and replant with almonds.
What can we all do to preserve and support the small heritage vineyards of California? We’ll do our part by continuing to seek out the most special of California’s small heritage vineyards for Kalā Wines. And please do your part by continuing to support small-batch, carefully curated California wines like ours, which in turn supports the small farmers from whom we source our grapes. And in the meantime, let’s all raise a glass of our last-chance, the 2014 & 2015 Old Vine Grenache! The last ever from the Highland Vineyard.
Kalā Wines is proud to announce that we are now members of the Craft Wine Association. We believe that craft wineries promote & preserve millennia-old artisanal winemaking skills & provide wine consumers an important & distinct taste choice.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." ― Anne Bradstreet
Today marks the launch of the Kalā Wines website.
It is also the vernal equinox, the first day of Spring. Around the world the first day of Spring symbolizes new beginnings and renewal. As I look forward to sharing our new website with you, I’d like to share with you the reason why this is such an auspicious day for all of us here at Kalā Wines.
We are located in the heart of Northern California wine country - Sonoma County. As many of you know, in October 2017, Sonoma County experienced one of the most destructive wild fires in California’s history. Our office and our home were burned to the ground during these fires. We were blessed that our bottled wine was in a temperature controlled storage and escaped the fires. So did our winery with our hand-crafted, artisanal wines maturing slowly in barrels.
Unfortunately, however, our planned Fall launch was delayed as we recovered from the fires.
During the Autumn of 2013, in a tiny Napa vineyard, the Malbec grapes that would eventually be gently crafted into our inaugural vintage were harvested by hand. Today, we open our virtual doors and share our passion for food friendly wines with you. Kalā, is the ancient Sanskrit word for art. Kalā Wines is dedicated to the purest possible expression of the grape and to create classically structured wines that pay tribute to the diverse cuisines that span our world. Thank you for being a part of our new beginning.