It all started in 1883, when C.H. Wente bought 40 acres of land in the Livermore Valley: “My great great grandfather was from just south of Hanover, Germany and had some older cousins who he thought were in Chicago. So he came across and went to Chicago looking for them and then worked as a teamster driving horses across the United States. He got to California and when he arrived his only criterion for a job was to work for a German, and the only job that he found was working for Charles Krug (who opened Napa’s first winery in 1861). And so he became Charles Krug’s cellarmaster and then his winemaker a few years later. So he stumbled into the wine industry and managed to scrape together some money to buy the land and set up this homestead and started farming grapes. It’s a nice little story.” It is – but it became a much bigger story as time went on. Wente Vineyards is now California’s oldest family-owned and continuously operated winery and is managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family – Karl being one of the fifth generation. The winery farms nearly 3,000 acres of estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley (San Francisco Bay), and the Arroyo Seco (Monterey) appellations. Karl is particularly proud that the company own all their own vineyards, and “hands-on” is a phrase that he uses a lot: “I know all the vineyards – I make a picking decision on each vineyard. Karl’s passion for winemaking runs so deep it is nearly impossible to convey. You sense his legacy of being a fifth generation Wente winemaker, and with his extraordinary mind and education (he answers questions incredibly thoroughly, going deeply into the subject – even down to molecular level – before gradually returning to the question and giving you a final concise answer), he is very well equipped to take Wente to another level of quality.
Enjoy aromas and flavors of green apple and tropical fruits, balanced by subtle oak, cinnamon and vanilla from barrel aging. With a mouth-filling body and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a medium-long, refreshing finish.