OUR STORY BEGINS IN THE BEAUTIFUL VINEYARDS OF LA RIOJA, SPAIN... Where the vision to make California wines that honor our family's Spanish/Mexican heritage came to fruition. Since discovering our passion for Spain and Latin culture we explored over 20 wine regions, learning about the various grape varieties and wine making methods that express each region's uniqueness. With this knowledge we incorporated Spanish traditions in the process of making and blending our wines. We are truly excited to share our wines and how we pair them with Spanish and Mexican cuisine flavors.
While surveying our chosen vineyard spots, we discovered grinding rocks made by the Miwok Native Americans who once inhabited the region. These rocks were used as communal milling places for the preparation of acorns and other seeds. With the wear of a pestle a shallow, circular, depression would form in the rock, and when one became too deep, a new one would be started a few inches away.
Our name pays homage to the heritage of the land and the Native Americans who lived here; “metate” is the Spanish word for these grinding rocks found in our vineyard and throughout the New World.
The soil and climate in Calaveras County are similar to Spain’s, characterized by hot, dry summers and cool night breezes. Spanish varietals, therefore, were a natural choice for our vineyard.