“..my sister is a horticulturist, a viticulturist, a vinologist and she was like ‘why do I feel like I’m less than?’ And we thought, we never, ever want anyone visiting us to have that experience ever.”
What are three things you want people to know about your winery?
The winery is women-owned and operated. We’re very kid-friendly and pet-friendly… it’s okay if you put those all as one thing (laughs). We’re laidback and we want people to feel at home. Honestly, a lot of people are intimidated at the idea of visiting wineries. My sister, a sommelier, and I were tasting at a winery once in Napa and they were so pretentious and rude. And she, my sister, is a horticulturist, a viticulturist, a vinologist and she was like ‘why do I feel like I’m less than?’ And we thought, we never, ever want anyone visiting us to have that experience ever. We’re here offering wine tastings not curing cancer.
What is your favorite wine on the menu and why?
The Sebastian, it’s the last of our estate, and it’s named after my youngest child. And I think it is the best one my sister has made yet.
For people who are travelling a bit to get here, what else would you recommend that they do in Sonoita?
I would absolutely have them go wine-tasting but also it’s just so beautiful just driving out here. I would definitely stop at the Cafe or the Steakout. The lead singer of Midland, his parents own the Steakout, so he’s always in there. There’s honestly nowhere that comes to mind that I wouldn’t want people to visit or check out.
What’s the story behind the peacock? Where’d he come from?
Oh, that’s Frank. We originally got him from a ranch in Marana and a female too. That was about three years ago. When we first got him he ran off to the neighbor’s once, nobody could catch him. But now, he’s a lot more settled. People love seeing him. [What happened to the female? What was her name?] We actually never named her and I guess I feel a bit guilty about that, she just went missing once. We left and came back and she was just gone.
On average how many people fall into the duck pond?
(laughs) I’d say about four people a year.
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