LINCOLN, Calif. July 20, 2015 – Located in the rolling hills of Placer County, just 30 minutes from Sacramento, Wise Villa Winery was named Golden State Winery of the Year by the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Competing against 2,800 wine entries from 743 participating wineries across the state, Wise Villa Winery was awarded the prestigious 2015 Golden State Winery of the Year. Wise Villa Winery received the greatest number of high scoring wines in the entire state, solidifying their place among great California wineries for producing the most exceptional wine in the state.
“We’ve been winning top awards for a few years now, but this esteemed designation elevates our winery onto a new playing field,” said Wise Villa’s Co-Winemaker Dr. Grover Lee. “To beat out every winery in the state, including globally known regions such as Napa and Sonoma, validates the extensive measures we take to produce a great bottle of wine.”
Wise Villa Winery was awarded two Best of California awards, four Best of Class of Region, five Golds, seven Silvers, and five Bronzes earning Wise Villa Winery the greatest number of high scoring wines in the competition.
“The microclimates of Placer County have proven to be an amazing region for mandarins, and this esteemed award supports that our region is also an exceptional climate for vineyards,” said Foothill Farmers’ Market Association and PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “I am proud of Wise Villa but not in the least surprised. Locals have known about their exceptional wines for years.”
Wise Villa Winery’s philosophy of great wine starts in the vineyard, serving as a guide for their winemakers. The winery distinguishes itself by holding true to three qualities—purity, balance and complexity—going as far as cold fermenting smaller batches of both red and white wines. This preserves the natural fruit flavors and aromas to make for a smoother, more flavorful wine. It takes much longer to cold ferment but produces better wine.
“It really comes down to examining every detail, from the grape to the bottle, from the position of each varietal, to hand-picking each cluster at peak ripeness and sorting through the grapes three times for purity,” said Co- Winemaker Kevin Luther. “We pride ourselves in understanding the chemistry behind winemaking and exploring the boundaries while never tolerating the mundane to restrain us.”
The estate vineyards have several advantages: well-drained loam mixed with decomposed granite creates a strong root system; a perfect climate with sunny days and cool, breezy nights provide a high temperature shift, a key to quality grapes with balanced acidity; rolling hills for better water drainage and air circulation. All these advantages result in much higher quality grapes which then produce exceptional wine.
“I have been privileged to watch Wise Villa grow and respect the passion they pour into their vines, grape selection and the meticulous winemaking process that ensures each bottle meets the highest quality standards,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “The vineyards capitalize on Sierra Foothill’s deep, well drained soils and abundant sunlight to produce grapes that form the foundation of every bottle of Wise Villa wine.”