The light at the end of the Dark Ages was marked by the rule of King Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor. In 775 AD, the world famous vineyard of Corton-Charlemagne was planted in Burgundy to only Chardonnay by the king’s orders.
Many nobles questioned the king’s logic as to why he turned his back on the renowned red varietal of Pinot Noir. As legend has it, Queen Charlemagne did not approve of the way red wine stained her husband’s white beard. This luscious Chardonnay, from one of the crown vineyards of Santa Rita Hills, was made as a tribute to the Queen, the great woman beside every great man, and crafted in an old world style as the Queen would have approved.
The grapes used in the creation of this wine were sourced from John Sebastiano Vineyard located on the eastern side of the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County. Soils consist of clay-loam and limestone adding distinct minerality and depth. Our Chardonnay is planted on steep slopes which face the west and in the direct path of ocean breezes which limit yields and concentrate heavenly rich flavors.