History & background

Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in Mediterranean varietal wines with vineyard personality. The winery, established in 1997, produces small lots of estate grown Barbera, Grenache, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel. We also produce a dry Rose from Grenache and Mourvedre and a White Blend of Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul. We use artisan wine making methods to enhance and support our ability to make wines with a sense of place-such as fermenting and aging 45 to 60 different small batches of wine each year, using whole clusters in our Rhone varietal ferments, using a variety of fermenting and aging vessels including stainless steel, concrete large french oak ovals and small french oak barrels. As obsessive wine fanatics, we believe the worlds best wine grapes come from vineyards where the vines are naturally adapted to their environment. This includes planting several varieties that heretofore have not been grown in the Dry Creek Valley, are prominently planted in Southern Europe. We have been farming our vineyards organically since 2003, in an attempt to facilitate self sustaining vines 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, Mourvedre and Aglianico

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 8,000 to 9,000 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, foudres and concrete tanks to highlight the aromatics and flavors derived from the vineyards. Dry Creek wines inspired by European counterparts.