The 2018 harvest at Viluko Vineyards exceeds expectations after devastating loss in the Tubbs fire.
Mayacamas Mountains Range, Santa Rosa CA — September 10, 2018 — Despite uncertainty following a devastating loss in the 2017 Tubbs fire, Viluko Vineyards harvest commenced Friday with a load of organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Winemaker Timothy Milos proclaimed,
“The quality is fantastic! The wine is going to be vibrant and fresh.”
The Tubbs fire touched all 465 acres of the Arroyo family property off Calistoga Road in Santa Rosa. They lost 85% of the 2017 crop. They also lost 11 out of 14 structures on the property, including their home, a restored barn from the 1800s and a Casita that they built by hand over seven years. The devastation on the property is still raw and vast but the family’s determination and respect for the land is unwavering.
When Pedro and Karen Arroyo purchased the property in 1997 it had been neglected and littered with trash. They cleaned it up, restored the creek, brought in bee colonies and planted certified CCOF organically grown grapes on the steep hillside terrain. The Tubbs fire was a devasting blow but there are rays of light in the regrowth that has begun on the land and most importantly, that the grapes have returned against all odds.
Pedro Arroyo grew up on a ranch in the town of Viluco, one of the most prominent AVAs in Chile. His fond memories of that land are what inspired him to purchase the property in Santa Rosa and name it Viluko Vineyards. He and his wife Karen had the vision to create a legacy to share with their four children, their grandchildren and generations to come.
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