History of Albariño

In the late 1800’s the Gomes family chose to settle and farm Andrus Island because of its extremely fertile, oxygen-rich soil and water from the CA Delta. This is where our Albariño grapes are grown, lovingly tended to and hand picked to produce a crisp and refreshing wine. The Gomes family’s strong Portuguese heritage is displayed in our wine with the vibrant flavors of apple, pear and citrus. Albariño pairs well with many appetizers, pasta, fish and poultry.


Our Pinot Noir grapes are grown in Rio Vista, CA, on 105 acres known as Willow Ranch. Here at Willow Ranch, the abundance of water, sunny skies and fertile soil produce grapes that burst with the vibrant flavors of ripe cherries, wild strawberries and crushed raspberries. Our Pinot Noir pairs well with salmon and tuna, roasted chicken, pasta dishes, pork and lean beef.


Our Albariño rootstock comes from Rias Baixas, a region on the border of Spain and Portugal. Rias Baixas is the birthplace of Albariño, it is also extensively grown in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal and can be found to a lesser extent in both Australia and the United States. The Albariño grape is a small, green, thick-skinned variety grape and is a low yielding variety and expensive to cultivate. It is also one of the few Spanish white grape varieties produced as a varietal wine on its own.

The ¨lion´s share¨ of American Pinot Noir wines come from California. You will find Pinot Noir excels in places that receive cooling breezes. The ample sun and controlled temperatures make it easy for winemakers to pick at the perfect moment when ripeness is optimal. Pinot Noir is the world´s most popular light bodied red wine. Its light color reflects deep flavor. Many wine drinkers associate deep color with big flavor; however, with Pinot Noir, the opposite is true. Because the grape has a low concentration of color-producing anthocyanin, Pinot Noir wines tend to be light in color yet deeply flavorful.