Get the Dirt about Penville Wines

22 May

penvilledudesPenville wines are an honest tribute to their grapes place of origin. Our aim is to make wines that reflect each vineyard site and terroir. We employ a traditional approach to winemaking in the cellar and minimally invasive farming in the vineyards

1. What was your first vintage year? 2014

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Around 850.

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not right now.

4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Working at restaurants and in wholesale distribution.

5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? None specific. We wanted to make something that was truly unique to us and California.

penvillevyd6. What varietals do you work with? Which varietal/wine is your favorite to make? Why? – We work with Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Sangiovese. Our favorite is Grenache. We think that it is a very underappreciated and mistreated variety that deserves to be in the spotlight.

7. What vineyards do you source from? Why?  We primarily source from Stolpman Vineyard in Ballard Canyon. The aspect, soil, and vineyard management is unrivaled by any vineyard in the area.

8. What type of oak treatment do you use? Why? Large format French oak (1200L and 500L) along with cement eggs. We want the oak to highlight not overpower, and we love the texture cement adds.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? We think that Santa Barbara is perfect for the style of wines we want to make. We still think of it as the frontier of winemaking in CA. There is so much room for innovation, and experimentation is always encouraged.

PenvilleGrenache201410. What’s the story behind your name/label? The name is the combination of our names (business partners) Patton Penhallegon (Pen) and Michael Villas (Ville) = Penville. It was a way to have both of our names on the label and we felt like it gave us a sense of place.

11. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? How much of a pain in the ass it is to get licensed through the ABC & TTB. Seriously, if anyone ever told me that they were starting a winery operation I would sit them down and tell them exactly what to expect.

12. 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? We can do what whatever we want. We started this to make wine the way we feel it should be made. We don’t have to stick to a specific model. If we like something we stick with it. If we want to make changes we do.

13. How do you view the future in the wine industry for small-lot winemakers? We are the future. There will always be the giants in the industry, but the new crop of wine drinkers want wellmade, thought provoking wine with a good story.

14. If you had to choose another wine region to work in what would it be? Columbia Valley, WA

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