Get the Dirt about Domane Kreger from D.W. Kreger

18 Jul

DomaneKreger1. What was your first vintage year? 2013

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 100

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? You can taste our wines at the Thief & Barrel Tasting Room: Thursday-Friday 3 – 8 pm, Saturday Noon – 8 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm.

4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? I was so impressed by my own homemade 2009 Estate Chardonnay; I knew I was hooked.

5. What varietals do you work with?
We like Bordeaux and Rhone varietals, but we grow Tempranillo. Go figure.

6. What vineyards do you source from? Why? If Estate, why do you choose your location? We use both estate and outsourced fruit from a variety of vineyards in Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County. We bought our property before we planned to make wine, but it was serendipity. We live in an alluvial fan, with amazing soil and climate.

7. What type of oak treatment do you use? Why? We use a combination of French and American Oak, depending on the varietal. We also use Neutral barrels with oak staves to cut costs.

8. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? Our terroir is most similar to the Rioja region of Spain, that’s why we grow Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Mourvédre.

9. What’s the story behind your winery name / label? Our name: Domäne Kreger, means Kreger Estate, in German. We chose the German spelling because Kreger is a German name, and some of the most famous California winemakers were German, such as Krug, Beringer, Schramsberg, Heitz, and Rombauer.

10. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? “I hope you paid attention in Chemistry class, ‘cause you’re going to need it.”

11. Most importantly, what’s so great about being small? What can you do as a small winemaker, that wouldn’t be possible for larger wineries? In general, the focus is on the craft, taking risks and experimenting, and not so much on the business end of it.

12. How do you view the future in the wine industry for small-lot winemakers? Where we live, in the Antelope Valley, we have gone from 2 wineries to 8 wineries, just in the last couple of years! This shows that there is a growing demand for boutique wineries.

13. If you had to choose another wine region to work in what would it be? If I had to pick another region for a winery, I’d have to say the Santa Ynez Valley. I love their Syrah and Pinot Noir.

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