Get the Dirt about Elwood Wines with owner Todd Elwood

11 Jan

ElwoodPeople1. What was your first vintage year? 2011

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 50 (2015 – 25 cases)

3. If not you, who is your winemaker? Greg Linn

4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? We were influenced by many different winemakers and wineries.

5. What varietals do you work with? Why? We are currently working exclusively with Pinot Noir. We love the profile of
Pinot Noir and its ability to drink beautifully while young and age with grace.

6. What vineyards do you source from? Why? All of our fruit is sourced from a carefully selected group of Santa Maria Valley vineyards.

7. What type of oak treatment do you use? 25-35% new French oak.

8. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? Santa Maria Valley still possesses an artisan feel. We love the diversity of the region and feel it has some of the best microclimates and terrain for growing Pinot Noir anywhere in the world.

ElwoodBottle9. What’s the story behind your winery name / label?
That one is easy, it’s our name. We did discuss several other names, but in the end through input from friends and family and our interest in always being a boutique winery with a family history. Coalesce represents the partnership with our winemaker and the idea of bringing together family, friends and wine lovers to enjoy artistically crafted, carefully planned, wine that separates itself from the everyday wine experience.

10. Most importantly, what’s so great about being small? What can you do that wouldn’t be possible for larger wineries? There is a very personal relationship that currently exists with the individual restaurants that have chosen to carry Elwood. We make a point to visit and dine at these establishments regularly, which would become limited with growth.

11. If you had to choose another wine region to work in what would it be? Willamette Valley (coming soon) and Burgundy.

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