Monday, April 18, 2011

Demetria Estate

Demetria Estate
The last stop on the Sustain-able Vine Wine Tour today was at the lovely Demetria Estate, a family-owned winery founded in 2005.

Getting to the winery was inter-esting. It called for a long drive to a hilltop and  maneuvering delicately up and around a narrow winding road. At its end, we found ourselves perched high above the beautiful vine-filled valley below.

The building on the property was as lovely as it could be. It featured sun-colored stucco walls, arched doorways and rich touches of stained wood throughout. To its left was an outside terrace for simply sitting and sipping wine.

While there, we met both John Zahoudanis, the owner of Demetria Estate; and Michael Roth, the winemaker.

From John, we learned a lot about his long-time interest in owning a vineyard and making wine. We also learned Demetria Estate was named for his daughter.

John and Michael
Michael led us on a tour of the winery and told us a lot about the Demetria Estate wines and himself, including how he came to be the accomplished winemaker he is today.

He told us that Demetria Estate produces two "separate portfolios" of wine, including Burgundian varietals and Rhone-style blends. He explained that "the Burgundian offerings comprise of manifestations of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc."

He told us about the Rhone blends too. These are farmed biodynamically on the estate vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The red Rhone blends are styled after the famous Chateauneuf du Pape in the Southern Rhone region of France. They are made from varieties of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. The white Rhone wines are blends of Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc.

To enjoy all of these Demetria Estate wines, we sat at a long rectangular table on the terrace. There we were able to fully appreciate the beauty of the scene and share our thoughts on a whole lot of very good wine!

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