Get the Dirt about Tierra y Vino from Caren Rideau

23 Mar

TierraPeople1. What was your first vintage? 2010

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 475 cases

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, we do not have a tasting room, but we do take reservations by email, caren@tierrayvino.net

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? (If willing to share.) Andres Ibarra

5. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Andres has been making wine in the Santa Ynez Valley for over 20 years.

6. What varietals do you work with? Albarino, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Tres Uvas (a California Rhone style).

tierravineyard7. What vineyards do you source from? La Presa Vineyard, which is sort of our estate vineyard, as Andres is the vineyard manager of the property.

8. What type of oak treatment do you use? Mostly French and a bit of Hungarian.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? The climate for making many different varietals

10. What’s the story behind your name/label?
Tierra y Vino (earth and wine) was launched by Andres and I to showcase our love of wine and knowledge of the vineyards-“earth and wine”.

TierraLabel11. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? Because Andres has been making wine for others for so long, we had an idea what to expect, but I don’t think as an artist you ever get used to the financial investment behind the product.

12. What do you love about small-lot winemaking? I love that you can focus on each varietal and nurture their individual needs for the best outcome.

13. Do you still have a day job? If so, do you mind sharing what it is?
Yes. Andres Ibarra: manages local SY vineyards and makes wine for boutique vintners. I am a residential interior designer and architect.

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