History & background

Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in red varietal wines with vineyard personality. George and his son Mick believe Dry Creek Valley's climate is ideal for making full-bodied, fruity reds from Zinfandel, Rhone and Italian varietals. The winery, established in 1997, produces small lots of estate grown Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Barbera, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Dry Rose and Rhone White Blend. The winemaking includes artisan methods which enhance and support an ability to make wines with a sense of place. Almost all of the wines, and opinions, are unfiltered. We believe the worlds best wine grapes come from vineyards where the vines are naturally adapted to their environment. This includes planting varieties that might be most expressive in our climate, regardless of the fact that they may not have been grown in our area. In order to facilitate self sustaining vines, we farm according to the natural lunar cycles, emphasizing the relationships between plants, animals and soils without the use of herbicides and pesticides. We also apply organic compost according to the list of soil preparations prescribed by Rudolf Steiner.
Founded: Vineyard = 1990; Winery = 1997
Management: Owned and operated by George, Linda, and Mick Unti. Mick manages all winemaking, sales and marketing for the winery. Sébastien Pochan performs winemaking.
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Vineyards:

Benchland property = 25 acres planted to Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese (Groso clone), Petite Sirah and Grenache Noir

Winery property = 35 acres planted to Syrah (clones 383, 470, 174 and 877), Zinfandel(Primitivo clone), Grenache Noir, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Montepulciano, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc and Vermentino. Experimental blocks of Ciliegiolo, Mammolo, Lacrima di Morro d' Alba, Verdicchio and Fiano.

Production: Approximately 6,500 to 7,000 cases per year

 

Distribution:

Winery direct wholesale in California. Limited distribution in   IL, NJ, NY, WI. Please inquire

Vineyard Mgmt: George Unti
Winemakers: Mick Unti and Sébastien Pochan
Philosophy: Dry Creek Valley’s climate is ideal for growing classic Mediterranean red grape varieties. When farmed for quality, these varieties show our favorite attributes in wines from this appellation: expressive fruit, ripe tannins and balanced acidity. We employ both modern techniques such as long pre-fermentation maceration, and traditional methods, such as whole cluster fermentation in open top tanks and using a basket press.  We age our wines in only French oak barrels and foudres to highlight the aromatics and flavors derived from the vineyards. Dry Creek wines inspired by European counterparts.