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Late Winter Rains Recharge Ventura County vineyards


There is nothing like natural rainfall to revitalize grapevines and we are receiving plenty this winter. The 2019 rainfall season has dumped almost 13 inches of rain on Santa Rosa Valley vineyards so far with no signs of the rain stopping. We are sitting at 152% of our normal rainfall for this time of the [...]

Late Winter Rains Recharge Ventura County vineyards2019-02-20T21:15:27+00:00

Grenache – under the radar alternative to Pinot Noir


Is it Pinot Noir or Grenache? I recently had the chance to join a blind wine tasting at a wine shop. I have no blind tasting superpowers, but was able to narrow down a lighter bodied and aromatic wine as being either Grenache or Pinot Noir. I guessed Pinot Noir. The wine was actually a [...]

Grenache – under the radar alternative to Pinot Noir2019-02-19T21:36:59+00:00

How do you know when to pick a wine grape?


One of the most common questions we get from customers is: "How do you know when is the best time to harvest your grapes?"  The short answer is either "experience," or "I'm not sure we ever really know that what we did was the best."  Neither is a particularly satisfying answer, so I thought I'd [...]

How do you know when to pick a wine grape?2019-02-19T20:22:51+00:00

2018 Cavaletti Vineyards Grape Harvest – by the numbers


Number of counties sourced from - 4  Number of vineyards sourced from  - 8 Highest vineyard elevation - 2956 Lowest vineyard elevation - 433 Tons harvested - 10 First harvest day - August 7 Last harvest day - November 1 Length of harvest - 85 days Earliest start to picking - 4:15 AM Latest finish [...]

2018 Cavaletti Vineyards Grape Harvest – by the numbers2018-12-18T12:30:12+00:00

Reflections on the 2018 Season


Santa Ynez Valley Nebbiolo on the vine in early November Our third harvest season will go down as the longest and most challenging so far.  The annual grape harvest in our region normally lasts six weeks. It begins with harvesting Tempranillo for rosé in August from the high desert of Los Angeles County and then [...]

Reflections on the 2018 Season2018-12-16T15:08:11+00:00

November and December Wine Events


Nov. 17th - 12-3:30  Join us at Milkfarm Artisan Cheese Shop in Eagle Rock for a Thanksgiving holiday wine pouring   Nov. 28th 6:00 to 9:00 PM @ Red Herring - 1661 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041 Join us at Red Herring for a fun dinner party on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m [...]

November and December Wine Events2018-11-16T16:22:38+00:00

The 2018 Grape Harvest Has Begun!


August 7th kicked off our 2018 harvest in Los Angeles County with 1000 lbs of Tempranillo from the Swayze Vineyard in Neenach destined for rosé wine. This marks the earliest date that we've begun harvest, but only about a week or two. Tempranillo is an early-ripening variety,  this is a warm, high desert location, and grapes [...]

The 2018 Grape Harvest Has Begun!2018-08-09T13:15:35+00:00

Veraison Begins in Ventura County


Heading into veraison Swayze Vineyard in the high desert of Los Angeles County is looking great. The fruit is ripening evenly with moderate levels of crop and a good canopy. We will be working with three varieties from this site in 2018:  Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, and Tempranillo. We expect harvest to begin in the third week [...]

Veraison Begins in Ventura County2018-07-28T10:41:08+00:00

‘Stretch and Sip’ at Block Party Highland Park with Drunken Lotus


Combine the restorative benefits of yoga and wine with Drunken Lotus and Cavaletti Vineyards on September 9th at Block Party Highland Park. The yoga session opens at 10 AM and our 2017 The 109 Mile Rosé will be one of three wines featured as part of this session. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased [...]

‘Stretch and Sip’ at Block Party Highland Park with Drunken Lotus2018-07-28T10:35:00+00:00

June and July Wine Events in Ventura and Los Angeles


It is a busy time for us at Cavaletti Vineyards and there are a bunch of places to catch up with us and taste our wines. If you live in Los Angeles or Ventura Counties and enjoy learning about wine then these are great events to sample wines from many different wineries. Proceeds from the [...]

June and July Wine Events in Ventura and Los Angeles2018-06-11T12:52:10+00:00