Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Vermentino

Spring is in the air, so let’s take a look at our 2017 Estate Vermentino. A light-skinned grape found primarily in Liguria and Sardinia, Italy, Vermentino (vur-men-teeno) yields wines that are light, refreshing, and aromatic.  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Dolcetto

This time around let’s take a look at our 2014 Estate Dolcetto. In Italian, Dolcetto means little sweet one, but don’t let the name fool you—this wine is not sweet.  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Cartuccia

Italian varietals bring so much to the table and we feature them in our wines—both as single varietals and in our proprietary blends. In this ongoing series, join us as we delve into the nuances behind a selection of Italian grapes (“uva” in Italiano), grown right here in the Temecula Valley AVA.  Continue »

Claudio Ponte
March 10, 2021 | Claudio Ponte

Building BOTTAIA Winery

How to build a winery for fun and profit - Ever since we build Bottaia Winery many members and friends have asked me to tell them the story of the winery. As I finished writing it, I realized that in fact, I had written an abridged manual with rules and lessons on how to build a winery. In other words, this webpage can be seen two ways: For the curious, plenty of background on our original thinking about Bottaia and how we achieved it. And second, for those looking to enter the exciting and incredibly risky wine business, a manual “…for Dummies”, with some hard-earned lessons. Enjoy the reading and feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments…  Continue »