Winemaking for us is a natural extension of farming, and most of our grapes come from the seven vineyards that we farm in Napa and Sonoma. We love to explore classical expressions of different varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla or Refosco Dal Peduncula Rosso. In all cases we try to respect the purity of the variety and the individuality of the site. Our wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol. By using our site-specific farming methods to grow intense fruit, coupled with careful restraint in the cellar, we strive to produce wine that is full flavored but impeccably balanced.
~ Jill and Steve Matthiasson
“Tendu refers to tension, or poise, and we wanted that character to define the wine. It is racy, zingy, alive. It is the wine to drink on a picnic blanket in Dolores Park, to take up to Lake Tahoe, or to toast friends while waiting for the grill to heat up.
Tendu White ~ The wine is made mostly from Vermentino (a traditional Italian varietal) with a little Colombard and Chardonnay thrown in the mix – all grown with organic practices California.
Tendu Red ~ A blend of Aglianico, Montepulciano, and Barbera grapes grown at the Windmill Vineyard in Yolo County, California. The grapes are grown and harvested using organic practices, fermented in stainless steel, aged in neutral barrels, and bottled without filtration or sulfur.