Think Sangiovese, Bordeaux varietals, good value and the joy of traveling in and around Florence / Sienna…
Temecula’s historic Callaway Vineyards & Winery has come a long way since it returned to local ownership in 2005. Callaway is recognized as the first winery in the Temecula Valley. Case production on the planted 70-acre vineyard estate is now a more modest 13,000 cases a year. It’s all sold from the renovated winery tasting room (with magnificent vineyard views), online, and via their loyal wine club.
Callaway Vineyard & Winery currently grows seven different varietals. The winery property now has 20 acres of Estate vineyards planted with Viognier, Syrah, Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Grenache, Roussanne, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The Lin family owns an additional 200 acres of property at the corner of De Portola Road and Monte de Oro, of which approximately 50 acres are currently planted with Chardonnay, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Craig Larson has been the distinguished Winemaker there for the last eight years. We’ll meet him.
Southern Californians fondly remember Vince Ferragamo as the popular former quarterback of the L.A. Rams. What you probably don’t know is that Vince is a gentleman wine-maker in Orange County and a certified sommelier. He grows Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes on property in Orange Park Acres.
He produces about 50 cases a year.
He’s also been a judge at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition in Pomona. This is part of the Los Angeles County Fair.
Ferragamo’s personal cellar (with a step down) is some 2000 bottles. Not surprisingly he favors Italian wines.
Vince also commented on the rumors of The Rams’ possible return to Los Angeles.