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MEET THE INDUSTRIOUS VINTNERS PIONEERING A BETTER TOMORROW
Encanto Vineyards, or "Enchanted" Vineyards as the name translates from Spanish, are reflected in each of our distinctive wines. Encanto Vineyards is proudly known for offering wines that are pure, honest, and true to the soils from which they came. The wines of Encanto Vineyards are made to show the delicate balance between structure, core fruit, acid, tannins and length.
Enrique focuses on hard work in the vineyard year-round, rather than rely on manipulation during the wine production process. Each vintage is shaped by seasonal qualities of nature and terroir, and shaped to the Burgundy and Bordeaux style wines of France.
The wines are a tribute to to farm workers and dedicated to Don Enrique Segura, who settled in the Napa Valley in the 1950s as one of the first Mexican American farm workers and vineyard managers.
Winemaker Rudy Zuidema emphasizes classic, small-lot techniques and gentle handling to craft balanced wines that embody a sense of elegance, purity and power. Rudy was born in Sacramento, California, and grew up in the nearby agricultural community of Davis. Building on a love of the outdoors and an interest in farming, Rudy studied Plant Science and Agricultural Management at the University of California, Davis, where he focused on viticulture. Upon graduating, Rudy moved to Napa and took a position at the famed Oakville Grocery that inspired Rudy’s desire to pursue winemaking. Working alongside wine buyer Mary Danielak, Rudy tasted thousands of wines, refining his palate and expanding his base of knowledge about vineyards, vintages and winemaking styles. In 1993, eager to gain hands-on winemaking experience, Rudy traveled to Australia’s McLaren Vale to work at Wirra Wirra Winery. Under the guidance of Australian winemaker, Ben Riggs, Rudy learned techniques for achieving ideal ripeness, cap management and extraction—techniques that still inform his approach to winemaking.
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