An example of 'California Dreaming' turned reality, Anna and David Delaski's growing family and a desire to settle down in agricultural surroundings planted the seed on a path toward viticulture and winemaking in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara. A chance meeting with a winemaking mentor and an investment opportunity in the form of a fixer-farmhouse with vines in the front yard proved serendipitous as the two went all in on a 2012 purchase of what became deLanda Vineyard (a combination of their first and last names).
Honoring their heritage,the two sought to produce natural wines from Austrian varietals in an organic and biodynamic vineyard comprised of chickens,donkeys and an ever-evolving ecosystem of biodiversity. Solminer (as in mining the Sun) serves as more than a brand,inspiring continuous discovery in their soil and appreciation of each harvest brought by earth's rotation around the sun and the magical exchange process between the underlying organisms.
Typically grown in Burgenland of Austria,their Blaufrankisch is a rare domestic planting that's done well in maintaining its signature,earthy blue fruit accompanied by floral notes and just enough tannin for structure. Fermented with indigenous yeast only,the wine was unfined and unfiltered with 12 months of aging in a neutral French oak barrel.
-Sub-region: Los Olivos
-Farming: Biodynamic / Organic
Awards and accolades
-Importer: N/A (domestically sourced)
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