Vincent Arroyo Winery

Contact: Vincent Arroyo

Address: 2361 Greenwood Ave.

City: Calistoga

State: CA

Zip: 94515

Phone: 707-942-6995

Fax: 707-942-0895

Membership: Small

Date Joined: July 20, 2007


Web Site: Vincent Arroyo Winery

Comments: Walking into the Vincent Arroyo Winery, once gets the sense that it has been here forever. Or, is it just the comfortable atmosphere of a big barn full of oak barrels the lends to the sense of permanence? Vincent Arroyo, himself, may feel like he's been here forever, as well. He left behind a career as a mechanical engineer in the Silicon Valley during the early 70s, and headed to Calistoga, at the northern tip of the Napa Valley. He felt much more at home close to the land, being able to see and feel the fruits of his labors. Vincent Arroyo's winemaking style is the embodiment of his philosophy about his land. Take what you have, and do the best you can with it. Each wine at the winery is hand-crafted, starting from before the grapes are harvested. Vince decides how the grapes from each vineyard will be vinified - when they will be picked, how they will be crushed, what fermentation regime they will undergo (pumpovers, extended masceration, pressing), and finally, what percentage of French or American barrels, new or old barrels to maximize the optimum flavors of the wine during the aging process.

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