Solus Sto is Latin for "Stand Alone." It has been the Haraszthy Family Motto for many generations and served the family as a guiding winemaking directive. During their lives in Hungary, the Haraszthy's financial health was tied directly to the health of their vines. Funny how some things don’t change much. Solus Sto was passed down to each generation and spoke to the power of regular visits to each vine in the vineyard – this being truly the best fertilizer. It was important to biologically commune – to inspect the plants and to absorb their vibrations. Solus Sto was insurance against a bad crop.
Today's grape growers utilize state of the art vineyard management techniques and scientific modern advances developed to help maximize quality and production. This is why wine quality has improved in our day. But back then in Hungary it was old school and stood alone. To all its friends, Haraszthy Family Cellars continues to embrace Gypsy based viticultural practices. And yes, they also solute the tremendous strides science and technology have provided us as well. Haraszthy Family Cellars stands alone behind Zinfandel and produces no other grape variety. View all Haraszthy Family Cellars Wines
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Called gold country since the mid-1800's, the Sierra Foothills, located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, was a hot spot for those seeking a gold rush fortune. Some of these settlers brought some European vines with them and somewhere in that mix was the Zinfandel grape.
Notable FactsZinfandel remains the grape of choice here, followed by Rhone Blends. Volcanic rock & granite-based soils give their wines a robustness that make them unique, and highly sought after, particularly from the two best-known counties, Amador and El Dorado. Zinfandels here are spicy and structures, with brambly fruit and excellent backbone. Once a well-kept secret, wine from the Sierra Foothills is now on the national wine map.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.