Dream of a Winemaker
Denise Clarke

Growing up a tomboy in San Diego County, who would have thought that one day, I would become co-owner of a vineyard and winery and ultimately become the vintner. Many experiences contributed to our new journey. The most significant being our trip in March 2007 to Italy and later the 2007 Wildfires. We had always dreamed of having a vineyard little did we know that dream would become a reality.


As we toured Venice and Southern Tuscany, we fell in love with Montalcino. The tranquility of the countryside and the views of the vast beautiful vineyards started the dream; desire and passion to one day have our own vineyard. June 2008, we planted the vineyard with 2600 Brunello Clone of Sangiovese Grosso vines, 640 Barbera vines, and with 240 each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah vines.


Coming from a long line of family farmers, I always loved having my hands in the dirt. There is a beautiful rhythm in the vineyard as the plants go through the cycle of bud break, flowering, fruit set, veraison, harvest and fall dormancy. It is the same excitement, anticipation and anxiety I experienced as a little girl/adult before I played my first note of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.


Many mentors are part of my teaching and development. To join the company of fine wines is a privilege and a commitment that Peter and I approach with passion and humility. Nature provides the path, life provides the energy and tradition provides the journey. I hope to always be a student pursing the perfection that leads us all to experience the music of wine!

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