A winemaker making a name for himself in the Bay Area is Nicolas Vonderheyden. He knew from a young age that he would become a Vigneron (French for wine grower and vintner), and would be a willing celebrator of the process of coaxing the vines into wine. As he was learning wine production, he realized that the vigneron’s journey is not to control Nature, but to exalt and sublimate it. Read our article about him here: Featured: Maison Areion Wines.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
His small breakthrough production is known as Chaine d’Or Vineyards. His wines include 100% single vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and farming with sustainable and organic practices. His first harvest was September 26, 2016. He makes his wine in the French traditional method: 2 pump overs/day, native yeast fermentation, aged in 100% French Oak for 14-18 months, a production of just 82 cases. We offer this limited edition Cabernet Sauvignon, having a full-fruit low-tannins taste profile.
2017 Maison Areion Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
A smooth, buttery flavor profile, the Chardonnay Chaine d’Or Vineyards offers 100% single vineyard, 100% whole cluster-pressed. The wine is made in the French traditional method, sur lies –- native yeast fermentation, aged in 100% French Oak, for 10-12 months with a production of 100 cases. Although new to the wine making business in America, he received the Monterey International Wine Competition March 2019 Silver Medal and an 89 from the Wine Enthusiast.