Congratulations to TAPAS Member Winery Berryessa Gap Vineyards, whose 2008 Rocky Ridge Collection Tempranillo has been selected as one of the West Coast's best wines in the newly published 2010 San Francisco Chronicle list of Top 100 Wines. The Yolo County winery was founded in 2002 with the simple goal of producing “good wine for regular people.” Inclusion on the Chronicle list adds to a long line of awards earned by Berryessa Gap wines at competitions across the country over the past several years.
Since 2007, the Chronicle Wine Section team has had the annual task of tasting thousands of wines from California, Washington and Oregon to compile its Top 100 Wines list, considering quality, price and innovation. The list serves as a buying guide for wine enthusiasts throughout Northern California and beyond.
“Berryessa Gap finds this distinction exciting and humbling, and we would like to congratulate the other wineries also selected this year,” said winery representative Corinne Martinez.“We hope this recognition will encourage wine lovers to discover and experience our wines, as well our charming town of Winters and our emerging wine region.”
The forbearers of Berryessa Gap Vineyards pioneered wine-grape growing in Western Yolo County in 1969 with the creation of a grapevine nursery. This same innovative spirit eventually led their successors to begin producing wine in 2002. Today the winery grows its own grapes on the Cobel Ranch located near the Berryessa Gap area west of Winters.
Grape grower Dan Martinez points out that “the Cobel Ranch was formerly utilized to breed nationally recognized sheep, and now we are producing award-winning wines from the ranch.” Martinez is challenged by the land's thin soil, but believes the site gives him the control necessary to grow superior fruit. “If you go to sleep, you can lose it all, but if you pay attention, the results are unbelievable,” he says.
Berryessa Gap’s approach to winemaking lies in the life experiences of winemaker Mike Anderson. Anderson was raised in a family that valued and contributed to California's winemaking history, and today he is a viticulture researcher at the University of California, Davis. “My heart is filled with history,” says Anderson, “but my eye is focused on sound science.” It is the marriage of his winemaking and Martinez' fruit that brings distinction to the wines of Berryessa Gap.
About Berryessa Gap Vineyards:
Berryessa Gap is located in the historic town of Winters, California, a small rural community approximately 30 miles east of Napa and 30 miles west of Sacramento. The company began production in the historic town of Winters at 15 Main Street where you will find their original tasting room and when production outgrew that facility they moved two miles west of town where they have a new tasting room and also maintain a picnic area. Please visit the winery's website for more information: www.berryessagap.com