In 2001, Blair and Simone—the owners of Vino Al Lago Wines—became enchanted with a magical property in Santa Rosa Valley, California, about half way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The scenic views whispered to their spirits and hearts, while the moderate climate and rich soil shouted with the potential for magnificent wines.
Blair and Simone built a barn and planted a 100-tree avocado orchard as well as multiple varieties of fruit trees. They studied the soil and determined the right nutrients, fertilizers, and pruning techniques to produce the best fruit, herbs, and vegetables in the area. In 2008, after many trips to Napa, Sonoma, and Europe, they planted a vineyard to bridge their European heritage with the new world of winemaking, to create remarkable wines with unique character and flavor.