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7 latinos productores de vino y viñedos en el condado de Sonoma

Mayra Lopez
Written by Mayra Lopez

Al entrar al mes de agosto, nos acercamos a una época única del año en el condado de Sonoma: la temporada de cosecha. El actual clima cálido está creando uvas jugosas y robustas que pronto serán convertidas en vinos extraordinarios. Los latinos desempeñan un papel vital para que la industria del vino local avance, desde el cultivo y la recolección de uvas, hasta la producción de vino, están involucrados en cada paso del proceso.

Con tantos latinos trabajando en la industria del vino, no es de extrañar que muchos de ellos se hayan movido a la gestión y la adquisición de propiedad. Estos son algunos de los productores y dueños de viñedos latinos locales que están creando un gran revuelo en el condado de Sonoma.

Reynaldo Robledo turned 50 years as winemaker in Sonoma County this 2018. Ricardo Ibarra / La Prensa Sonoma

Robledo Family Winery

Reynaldo Robledo emigró al Valle de Napa desde Michoacán, México, a la temprana edad de 16 años, donde comenzó a trabajar en los viñedos. Después de tres décadas de desarrollar sus habilidades y conocimientos en la industria, creó Robledo Vineyard Management, LLC, en 1996. Ahora son dueños de aproximadamente 400 acres en los condados de Sonoma, Napa y Lake. En octubre de 2003, su familia abrió el primer viñedo establecido por un ex trabajador migrante mexicano. Robledo Family Winery se ha hecho famoso en la comunidad por organizar fiestas en su propiedad, como su celebración anual del Cinco de Mayo. Únase a ellos el 5 de octubre para su anal Fiesta de la Cosecha, con actuaciones de baile en vivo y música.

La bodega ha creado una amplia variedad de vinos que incluyen merlot, cabernet sauvignon, rosado, pinot noir, vinos espumosos, chardonnay y portos. Son particularmente conocidos por su sauvignon blanc. Su 2016 Robledo Sauvignon Blanc es un gran vino para probar. Su sala de degustación está abierta los siete días de la semana. 21901 Bonness Rd en Sonoma. Para programar una cita, llame al 888-939-6903 o al 707-939-6903.

Al and Dina Lopez pose in front of their vineyards at Aldina Vineyards. Courtesy Aldina Vineyards

Aldina VineyardsvaldePara Al y Dina López, su amor por el vino es un esfuerzo de equipo. El nombre de su viñedo es una combinación de sus respectivos nombres, creando Aldina Vineyards. Anteriormente, López trabajó en diseño y publicación, convirtiéndose en dueños de la revista Lowrider. Después de vender la revista, se mudaron al condado de Sonoma en 1998, donde Al creó un viñedo con cuatro acres en su propiedad y comenzó su aventura en la producción de vino. En 2012, los López crearon su marca de vino y el resto es historia. Aldina Vineyards es un asunto de familia, con sus hijos Francisco y Mónica López actualmente en la administración de los viñedos.

La marca es conocida por su cabernet sauvignon, pero incursionó con otras uvas en 2018, creando también un rosado y un chardonnay. Su cosecha 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon es un buen vino para degustar. El viñedo planea abrir una sala de degustación en Healdsburg, cuyo objetivo es abrir en abril de 2020. Actualmente organizan eventos en su propiedad y están disponibles para degustaciones privadas con previa cita. Para más información o degustaciones, envíe un correo electrónico a monica@aldinavineyards.com. 830 Cleveland Ave en Santa Rosa. 707-799-1821.

Ulises Valdez, right, with his wife, Adelina, and daughter, Elizabeth, at Valdez Family Winery. Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat

Valdez Family Winery

Ulises Valdez was the epitome of the American Dream. Before his passing in September 2018, he was considered one of the most knowledgeable and respected vineyard managers in California. Valdez immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16 and began working in the vineyards of Cloverdale. Valdez continued to master his skills in grape growing, eventually creating Valdez and Sons Vineyard Management, which now farms over 1,000 acres. In 2010, they opened their winery. In May of that same year, their chardonnay was served to Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón at the White House.

They currently do not have a tasting room, but their wines are available online. A wine worth checking out is the 2016 Silver Eagle Pinot Noir. 595 Santana Drive, Suite D in Cloverdale. 707-894-4002.

Linda and Carlos Chavez of Chavez Family Cellars at their offices in Healdsburg, California. Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat

Chavez Family Cellars

Carlos and Linda Chavez began their endeavors into the wine industry as a hobby, creating small-batch wine in their garage in Healdsburg. The husband and wife team practiced their skills for 6 years while continuing to work in their careers, before launching their commercial wine brand in 2006. Their family artisanal winery claims to the first Salvadoran-Mexican owned winery in Sonoma County. They focus on creating small production vintage wines with robust flavors. The Chavez Family Cellars is also very community-oriented, their wines are often featured at community events around the county. 

Their 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was the gold medal winner of the 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair and is worth a try. While they currently do not have a tasting room, wines can be purchased by contacting them directly. 1470 Grove St in Healdsburg. 707-431-9920.

Martin Guerrero and Olga Fernandez of Guerrero-Fernandez Winery in Windsor. Facebook

Guerrero-Fernandez Winery

Martin Guerrero and Olga Fernandez came to Sonoma County in 1985 from Morelia, Mexico. Upon their arrival, Guerrero began working in the wine industry, where he developed a passion for the craft and worked his way up to assistant winemaker. In 2004, he and his wife decided to venture into the wine industry and founded Guerrero-Fernandez Winery. The winery produces around 1,000 cases of wine a year, showcasing a variety of red wines. The winery consists of a very small team (2-4 people) and thus focuses on producing small amounts of high-quality wines. 

The winery is known for its red wines, which typically age for 36 months. A favorite is the 2013 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which can be purchased online or in their tasting room, currently open Friday-Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. Appointments may be made in advance. 7724 Bell Rd in Windsor. 707- 953- 7956. 

Fausta Franco Guerrero and Rogelio Guerrero of Fathia Vineyards in Kenwood. Courtesy of Fathia Vineyards

Fathia Vineyards

Fausta Franco Guerrero grew up surrounded by the vineyards in Sonoma, and always knew she wanted to stay in Sonoma Valley. She and her husband, Rogelio Guerrero purchased a piece of land and planted their first vineyard in 2005. In 2011, they bottled their first wine under the brand name, Fausta. After some years with the name, in 2015 they decided to rebrand as Fathia, meaning Victorious. 

The winery produces a variety of wines including pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, viognier and rosé of pinot noir. Their current release, the 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine to sip. Their tasting room is open Monday-Sunday, 12-5 pm. Appointments are needed on Tuesday and Wednesdays. 8910 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood. 707-282-9419.

The Ceja Family of Ceja Vineyards in Sonoma. Ceja Vineyards

Ceja Vineyards 

In 1983, the Ceja family purchased 15 acres of Carneros land in Napa, making them one of the more established Latino winemakers in the area. Ceja Vineyards became a family affair, and in 1988, they celebrated their first harvest. In 1999, Ceja Vineyards Inc. was created and they now own 113 acres of wine-producing land throughout Sonoma, Napa, and Petaluma. Their co-founder, Amelia Moran Ceja has been recognized as the first Mexican-American woman to ever be elected president of a winery. 

The winery creates a diverse range of wines including pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, rosé, blends, as well as dessert wines. Their 2016 Carneros Pinot Noir is a great floral, full-bodied wine to try. Their tasting room is open Friday-Sunday from 11-5 pm. Reservations are recommended for parties over 6 people. 22989 Burndale Road in Sonoma. 707-931-6978.

7 Latino Winemakers and Wineries thriving in Sonoma County

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