About Our Labels
FRUIT SOURCED FROM THE SAN DIEGO REGION AND BAJA, MEXICO
As more vineyards are planted we look forward to producing more wines from San Diego County fruit. The name “Solterra” is derived from the Latin words – Sun & Earth – the two most important elements in wine production.
The Solterra “white” label is for our wines that are from grapes that are only grown in the San Diego county, Temecula, and northern Baja, Mexico.
The Solterra “black or Mestizo” label is a combination of northern California fruit with Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico.
Mestizo (n.): The Spanish word Mestizo is from the Romance/ Latin word mixticius, meaning mixed.
We have found that in blending trials that there is a symbiosis of combining the wines of these two regions. These grapes are grown roughly 600 miles apart and have vastly different soils and climate but this is what brings the complexity to these unique blends. We have a Rhone style blend in bottle and in barrel we currently have a Tempranillo/Grenache along with a super Tuscan influenced Sangiovese/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon.
VAN AYLEA RANCH, DRY CREEK VALLEY – SONOMA COUNTY
Christopher Cameron Vineyards- We started producing wines in 1999 exclusively from grapes that our family grows on the Van Alyea Ranch in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. The Van Alyea’s purchased the vineyard in 1993 and have sold the fruit to top wineries in Napa and Sonoma county. We produce wines from the best rows of vines and currently in bottle/ barrel we have Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Malbec, and Chardonnay.
ABOUT THE VAN ALYEA RANCH
The vineyard is situated on Dry Creek in the heart of the valley in northern Sonoma County. Soil and climate are the most influential factors in great wine and the vineyard’s gravelly creek-side soil and a Bordeaux–like climate produce wines with great balance and structure. Due to the porosity of the soil and great drainage the vine roots dig deeper in search of more minerals which bring complexity to the wines that we produce. We tend to harvest with substantial sugars and the result is full bodied wines with lots of depth and fruit on the palate.
FRUIT SOURCED FROM NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA VINEYARDS
Costa Azul wines have been produced from grapes from California’s north and central California since 2005. We select our grapes based on climate, soil, experience and research. We have produced wines from Paso Robles, Clarksburg, Lake County, Mendocino County, Sonoma County, Monterey, and Santa Barbara County.