Pietra Santa's winemaker, Alessio Carli, comes to California from his native Siena in Italy, where he was raised in the Tuscan traditions of both wine and olive oil making. He eventually earned his graduate degree in enology and then worked as Assistant Winemaker at the renowned Chianti estate Badia a Coltibuono. He came to the U.S. in 1990, working in California as both a consultant wine maker and olive oil maker. In 1998, Alessio came to work full-time at Pietra Santa and helped design the new winery and the olive oil press room.
Alessio Carli believes that wine is only as good as the grapes it comes from. The vineyards of Pietra Santa are farmed by environmentally sustainable methods, hand-harvested by defined sections of the vineyard, then fermented in small tanks and aged in hand-selected oak barrels. From these small lots, the ideal blend can be crafted for bottling.
|"It is my goal in winemaking to bring out the best in the fruit and showcase our unique terroir in every wine that we make."|
The old mission-style winery, built in 2000, honors the winery's long history. The property was first planted to grapes in the 1850s because of its amenable coastal climate and granite & limestone soils, which wine grapes love. In fact the name Sacred Stone honors that soil. The oldest vines are a patch of Zinfandel planted in 1902. The property also boasts 25 acres of olive trees and makes artisan olive oil in its frantoio (olive press room).