50% Carignane, 25% Zinfandel, 25% Barbera
Naturally ocurring yeast
For over thirty-five years we have been stewarding terroir-driven wine on Sonoma Mountain, above the tiny hamlet of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County.
Our small estate vineyard is comprised primarily of Martini Monte Rosso Zinfandel clones on phylloxera resistant St. George rootstock.
The vineyard is dry farmed and head pruned in the traditional Italian goblet style.
Our grapes are never treated with pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.
We use Indigenous yeast.
We use neutral oak cooperage.
We do not fine or filter.
We do not use SO2 at any point of the winemaking process.
No additions or manipulations of any kind are made.
We believe that our wines are a testament to the longevity potential of wines made naturally.
Testa Vineyards was established in 1912 by my Great Grandparents, Gaetano and Maria Testa.
Gaetano left his homeland of Gallarate, Italy to come to America following his dream to own his own land and vineyard. After working in San Francisco a few years, he then traveled north by train.
At the first sight of Calpella it reminded him of his homeland, full of beautiful hillsides and lush trees, he knew this was the land to buy. He then sent for his wife Maria and my Grandfather Victor Testa. The whole family worked side by side to clear the land using Belgian horses and dynamite sticks.
They planted their first vines and the story began!