KIVELSTADT CELLARS NATIVE SON CHARBONO VENTURI VINEYARD
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One of the original three varietals widely planted in California during the 1800s, Charbono is now planted on only 80 acres in the state. We were lucky to stumble on this 2 acre block of Charbono in Potter Valley, planted by Larry Venturi's father just after World War II. Semi-carbonic maceration kept the notoriously heavy tannins in check, and giving the wine a lift that plays well with its richness. Bright and balanced, the wine explodes out of the glass with savory aromas of briny black olives and mushrooms, and juicy, stewed black fruit on the palate.
The roots of Kivelstadt Cellars date back to my grandfather, G.B. Raffetto. My grandfather’s fine foods business was sold decades ago but my father always longed to get back into the food world. His dream of owning land and working outdoors was realized in 2005 with the purchase of Kivelstadt Vineyard (or Wild Turkey, for those of you that hang out with us too much).
A few years ago, I was stuck at a career crossroads – looking for something more engaging than the walls of my cubicle. My mom bestowed her wisdom and convinced me to return to the Bay Area and embark on a journey in the wine industry.
Even though Kivelstadt Cellars started in 2007 as Qualia & Pavo Wines, our new name has not changed our dedication to making small lots of unique wines that challenge the conceptions of the “California Style”. We’re not your typical winery and we certainly don’t want to be. Although we offer classic wines like our Estate Syrah, we also push the envelope with skin fermented whites such as our Orange Wine.
We want our family of wines to be as eclectic as the people who make them.
- Jordan Kivelstadt, Founder/Winemaker
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