From Gina Hildebrand of Lady of the Sunshine – organic Sauvignon Blanc from Talley Vineyard in Edna Valley; This is sharp and crystalline, with high-toned citrus and a piercing minerality. Say the folks at Companion Wine Co.: “Maybe the best wine we have ever been a part of canning; will probably never happen again. We count ourselves super lucky to be working with Gina!”
Gina Hildebrand is a true inspiration both as a farmer and a winemaker. Having grown up on a Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard in the Sierra Foothills, she learned early about the very best way to farm the land with an emphasis on soil health and biodiversity. She has brought this knowledge to her day job in the Edna Valley along California’s Central Coast, converting several vineyards in the region to biodynamic practices.
Lady of the Sunshine is her vehicle to express the terroir of the vineyards she farms and others to show the point of difference that comes from wines made from responsibly farmed, organic grapes. Her winemaking tutelage started while studying for her bachelor of science degree in Wine and Viticulture and then grew as she went to work in some of the world’s best winemaking regions (Beaujolais, Central Otago, Willamette Valley, Napa). The cuvee she made for Companion is a love letter to the Edna Valley that we hope she’ll make for us for years to come.
Companion was born out of the idea that delicious, terroir-driven, natural wine from California could be sold at a cost and in packaging that is accessible to all. This is an endeavor that celebrates Riesling, sunny days, the beach, the park, granite boulders, spicy food, and good friends.
Cali Grapes is a movement started by California winemakers to support sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farming practices amongst the vineyards they work with. The goal is to create awareness around farming practices that provide winemakers with superior fruit allowing them to make more expressive wine. We believe this is the clearest path to making these vineyards both economically and environmentally sustainable for decades to come.