When it comes to great wine, it’s important to know the region of the wine. California has no shortage of excellent wine regions. The landscape’s versatility and richness has led to some of the best wines in the world. DeLiese Cellars is so thankful to work with vineyards all around the state, allowing us to provide wine enthusiasts with many different varietals, each yielding unique character and taste. We love the adventure and joy of making wine. Whether you want a fruit forward red wine or a bone dry white wine, DeLiese Cellars is certain to have something for your palate.
Lodi, Clarksburg & Amador County
The Mediterranean climate of the Lodi, Clarksburg and Amador County Appellations and the soft winds that flow from the San Francisco Bay contribute to produce lush, ripe fruit with a slightly tropical character. One of the main factors winemakers must consider in Lodi is the intense heat most summers bring. The soil here is fine sand, and there is very little rainfall throughout growing season. These factors give winemakers precise control over the growth of their vineyards, and subsequently their grapes. This region is known for producing top quality wines, and is perhaps most famous for it’s excellent Zinfandel’s. The region has started to garner a lot of respect in the wine making community, even winning a “Wine Region of the Year” award in 2015.
The coastal climate of the Malibu appellation provides subtle breezes and mountain heat that produced intensely rich fruit from Southern California. The soils in exceptionally maintained vineyards produce a lush, ripe fruit with volcanic spicy notes. Although this region has been around for awhile, it really started to take off in the 2000’s. Boasting mainly young vineyards, Malibu benefits from top quality volcanic soil, much like Napa Valley. An up and comer in the California wine industry, the Malibu American Viticultural Area (AVA) is an exciting place to be making wine right now.
The Central Coast AVA is comprised of 6 different counties: Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Contra Costa, Monterey, and Santa Clara. This region has been growing in popularity, garnering respect for excellent wine making that is improving overtime. Interestingly enough, currently half of the wine being made in this region is Chardonnay, although there are many red varietals that have been well received from here as well. Very cool nights and moderate day temperatures contribute to produce very ripe fruit. This region is becoming increasingly popular for wine tourism, as it features many, many wineries ranging from boutique to large producers.
When people think of California wines, the first region to come to their minds is usually Napa Valley. As the first wine region to become an AVA, it may surprise you to find out that this wine region is one of the smallest in the world, having about an eighth of the planted acreage of Bordeaux. Still, Napa comes with a well known reputation for good reason. It’s Mediterranean climate and superior soils make it great for varietal consistency, and the fact that most of the wineries are family owned makes it even more special. The marine layer, volcanic soil, and closeness to the Pacific Ocean make Napa’s wines hard to match in quality, taste, and continuity. This appellation provides the ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Sonoma region produces grapes that give you that old world feel. Farmers, vintners and the wine produced from this region are very family oriented and give you that boutique feel. The terroir produces a wide range of fertile and volcanic nuances in the soil. This AVA has world renowned Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and multiple other varietals. We liken this AVA to the gem North of Napa.
Currently, we offer 15 varietals and will be growing to 21 by the end of 2017!