Everyone knows that California is wine country so if you go there, it’s a must that you visit a vineyard to experience first-hand where some of the finest wines in the world are produced.
I recently heard about calera de villiers which comes from Calera Wine, a vineyard tucked away in the Mt. Harlan part of the Gavilan Mountains of California. Calera consists of multiple vineyards and is located 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean where they are best known for their Pinot Noirs.
Josh Jensen, a pioneer in his field, set out with the objective of finding the perfect spot in California to create wines unique to the world but in the style of the greatest wines of France. In trying to find the perfect location for growing grapes, he went off grid to plant on the site of an old limekiln in the Gavilan Mountains of California.
The high elevation of the vineyards fanned by the constant cool stream of air from the Pacific Ocean ensure that the grapes ripen to perfection to make the finest wines in the world.
The calera de villiers is best loved for its chewy and juicy fruit character with a rich, lush round mouthfeel. I’m not a wine connoisseur by any means but I’m sure that is what makes this wine so unique. If you do visit the Calera vineyards, be sure you join their daily tasting sessions to try out some of their best wines.
The vineyards boast panoramic mountain views with picnic tables where you can munch a lunch in the great outdoors. You could also plan to combine your visit with a drive down to the Big Sur, or hike around the Pinnacles National Monument, or if you’re like me, you’d probably enjoy a walk in Carmel to shop for souvenirs.