Initial plantings were to Chardonnay and Merlot, with Pinot Noir added in 2002. Cultivation and spraying are done with heritage Cletrac tractors; pruning, seasonal operations and picking are all done by hand. From growing to harvesting, the goal is toward the best wine grapes possible in order to produce distinctive, concentrated wines reflective of their mountain home. Once harvest begins, the sure hand of winemaker David Moulton begins its influence. Grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness, crushed in small lots, and fermented with select yeast strains. Barrel selection is tailored to each varietal. Long, slow aging (12 to 18 months in French or American oak barrels) and unfined, unfiltered wines are the key to our winemaking techniques. Bottling follows, with an additional six to twelve months of aging before any wines are released for your enjoyment. Our estate vines yield the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, along with Estate Cabernet Franc, Syrah and the exclusive Valedictorian blend from the nearby Pichon Vineyard. Select grapes from other small Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards are also used.
We invite you to visit us and taste as well as experience our rich heritage and award winning wines. The winery is open for your tasting pleasure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Tasting Room, located on the site of the original Teacher’s Carriage House, is an intimate area dedicated to showcasing our premium wines. The outside veranda overlooks the Estate vines with spectacular views of the canyons and ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our Wine Sippers Club offers previews of new wines, as well as invitations to barrel tasting’s and “Back to School” wine tasting dinners. In addition, small private and corporate functions can be hosted during the warm weather months.
ABOUT THE SILICON VALLEY WINE AUCTION:
Join us for an evening of celebration, wine and philanthropy! Welcome to the premier wine auction and grand tasting of the Silicon Valley benefiting the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF.) Produced in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, this new wine auction event will be held at Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The multifaceted Silicon Valley Wine Auction kicks off with a Saturday grand food and wine tasting featuring over 50 vintners and 150 wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with epicurean delights as well as over 300 silent auction lots. The centerpiece of the Silicon Valley Wine Auction is the wine pairing dinner featuring rare and exclusive wines from notable vintners of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with a five course gastronomic experience. The wine auction dinner includes silent and live auctions hosted by the Gavel Girl, DawnMarie Kotsonis and emceed by CBS’s Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem. Live entertainment to be provided by world-renowned artist Michael Israel whose work has been described as “Cirque du Soleil meets Picasso.” Paintings created at the dinner will be auctioned off and smaller works will be available during the silent auction at the Grand Tasting. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Michael Israel at work. The menu for the Wine Pairing Dinner can be foundhere. All proceeds will benefit the programs of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
SILICON VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION MISSION
The Silicon Valley Education Foundation was founded on the belief that a new kind of organization is needed – one with a different philosophy and approach to the challenges in legacy systems. A nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators, SVEF is dedicated to putting all students on track for college and careers, focusing on the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Grand Wine & Food Tasting – Saturday, June 20, 2 to 5 pm
Levi’s® Stadium Diginity Health Plaza, Gate C
Guests are invited to sip, sample and bid! This three hour event offers tastings from 50+ Vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains pouring over 150 wines, an abundance of edible delights and silent auction featuring over 200 wine lots. Ticket price is $150.
Wine Dinner and Live Auction – Saturday, June 20, 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Levi’s® Stadium United Club SAP Tower Gate B
The centerpiece of the Silicon Valley’s Wine Auction weekend is the charity auction, featuring a five course wine pairing dinner featuring with ten vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains with both silent and live auctions hosted by the Gavel Girl. Excitement builds in the stadium with lively bidding of over 12 live auction lots, featuring spectacular wines from the world’s most prestigious wine producers, rare vintages, large format bottles plus special vertical and horizontal collections. Live entertainment to be provided by world-renowned artist Michael Israel whose work has been described as “Cirque du Soleil meets Picasso.” Paintings created at the dinner will be auctioned off.
Other auction highlights include original art from acclaimed California artists, vacations packages and highly coveted international wine getaway packages. Rounding off the travel offerings are one and two night getaway trips to the West’s most romantic inns, resorts, and spas. Coupled with the Wine & Food Tasting, the day can’t be beat…
GREG LILL - PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-FOUNDER OF DELILLE CELLARS
In 1992, the winery pioneered its Chaleur Estate Rouge and D2, both blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The team at DeLille believed that blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the traditional style would create wines in which each varietal would contribute its own attributes and would create classically structured wines in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, wines that showcase the purity of fruit that defines Washington State terroir, a “first growth” wine from some of the oldest vines in the state. This belief remains one of the winery’s guiding principles today.
In 1994, DeLille Cellars was fortunate to acquire the rights to Harrison Hill vineyard which had some of the oldest vines in the Washington. Now, with vines over 50 years old, Harrison Hill has become one of the most sought after Bordeaux blends in the state.
Observing the Bordeaux tradition of blending varietals together, in 1995 the team at DeLille chose to make a barrel fermented blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for our first white wine: DeLille’s Chaleur Estate Blanc. We knew this would create a wine with more complexity, diverse aromas and classic structure than many White varietal wines and which would pair well with a wide variety of food. From the first, we achieved nuances of white flowers, sweet grass, honey suckle, creamy crème brûlée, toasted almonds and more. Over the years, Chaleur Estate Blanc has shown us all just how well a properly structured white wine can age.
DeLille Cellars is a portfolio company of Bacchus Capital Management, an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses.