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.
While Gruner Veltiner translates to 'Green Veltliner',these grapes were footstomped and fermented on their skins for an 'orange wine' variation that's both refreshing and structured enough for richer foods that might otherwise overpower a typical white wine. Aged for seven months in neutral French oak,the 'Curarse La Cruda' is another example of versatility from Solminer's estate fruit.