Estate Grown & Bottled
Zaca Mesa is a Santa Ynez Valley estate vineyard and winery dedicated to Rhône varieties. We hand craft our wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in our Santa Barbara County vineyard. Since 1973, we have farmed and nurtured our vineyard to produce wines that are true to the unique spirit of our land.
All our wines are made from grapes grown on our 244 acres of vineyards and never leave the winery until after bottling, so that they can be designated as estate bottled. Estate Bottled is a regulated term, unlike many other terms such as, so-and-so Estate or Reserve. The requirements are:
§ 4.26 Estate bottled.
(a) Conditions for use. The term “Estate bottled” may be used by a bottling winery on a wine label only if the wine is labeled with a viticultural area appellation of origin and the bottling winery:
(1) Is located in the labeled viticultural area; (2) grew all of the grapes used to make the wine on land owned or controlled by the winery within the boundaries of the labeled viticultural area; (3) crushed the grapes, fermented the resulting must, and finished, aged, and bottled the wine in a continuous process (the wine at no time having left the premises of the bottling winery).
We believe that where you grow it makes it different. We preserve and protect that difference for you to experience. Today, less than 1% of all wine is designated as Estate Bottled.