Of all the magic that is the Alonso Family Vineyard, the crown jewel is the Tannat. Tannat is a grape that originates from the Southwest of France, areas like Irouléuy and Madiran, where it typically makes a rough tannic wine that can sometimes take years to mellow out. However, here in north Los Angeles County, the terroir is such that the wines come out softened and elegant with a nose of vibrant herbs and red berry fruit.
Alonso Family Vineyard Zanja Madre
The Zanja Madre was the first aqueduct built in Los Angeles and for many years was the only way the city received its water. Its artifact is a stone’s throw from our winery and we decided to pay homage to it. Just as it was then, this wine is our everyday drinker. An earthy, savory and structured blend of Tempranillo and Grenache.
Since a little, locally-known park called "The Meadow" opened in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, it has been the go-to spot for the community to enjoy an ice cold bottle or two of rosé. So when the time came to name our first rosé, we didn't hesitate. The goal was to create a crisp, clean, dry rosé that still had a little texture and character. Predominantly made from the rare Spanish grape Graciano with a hint of Grenache.
The California Crackler 2017 (Sparkling)
The first grapes we pick every year are Chardonnay and Moscato. This year we decided to blend them together and make a dry, sparkling wine. Moscato is often used to make sweet wines; we maintain its floral herbaciousness but ferment it dry. ‘Crackling Wine’ was what they called California sparkling wine in the 1800s. This is our California Crackler!
Alonso Family Vineyard White Field Blend
A California blend never seen before, until now. Grapes include: Treixadura, Godello, Loureiro, Albariño. Brought over by Juan Alonso from his native Galicia in northwest Spain, picked all together and co-fermented as a field blend. This wine reflects our desire to revitalize a local winemaking culture and connect our city’s forgotten past to its future.