A Little Dirt about Artisan Uprising from David Vondrasek

6 Oct

artisanbrothersSpecializing in ultra-premium wines grown in Paso Robles, Artisan Uprising was created after years of making wine solely for our family. We quickly found ourselves making more wine than the family could drink. Now that we make enough to share, we have held true to our process and mindset of how our wines should be made. Our grapes are sourced from some of the best growers for high-end wines, our methods are slightly unconventional, but the science backs it up. This is handcrafted wine two people can make.

1. What was your first vintage year? Our first commercial vintage was 2012.

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 275

3. If not you, who is your winemaker? The winemakers are me and my brother William.

4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? I learned all I could from my Grandfather, who made wine every year.

5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? The wine my Grandfather made that was still in his basement for over 50 years.

6. What varietals do you work with? We make Merlot, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Rose and Petit Verdot.

7. What vineyards do you source from? Our Merlot is sourced from the Westside of Paso while our other varietals are grown on the Eastside.

artisanwines8. What type of oak treatment do you use? Why? A combination of French, American, and Hungarian Oak (medium and medium plus toast on all) because every varietal needs to be treated differently.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? The diversity in grape varietals that can grow well.

10. What’s the story behind your name/label? We knew we were starting something so we made the trip to create the DBA and came up with the name on the way to the courthouse.

11. We’re curious…do you even get tired of drinking your own wine? We make wines like we would like to be able to buy, however, there are too many producers to list whose wine is inspiring to us.

12. Do you still have a day job? Yes, we both do.

To get more information about Artisan Uprising, please visit their website or follow them on FACEBOOK.

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