Tierra Roja, the ranch of the red earth, became the obvious name when we first cut open the terraces. The soil was such a brilliant red that even from the other side of the valley it would make you say “WOW!”.
We were considering that we might make our own wine and what that name might be, when The Wine Enthusiast magazine featured the vineyard sign in their article honoring Oakville as the Appellation of the Year 2004. How could we think of changing the name after that? It seemed a message from God to proceed!
But the wine had to be wonderful. We made wine in secret for three years, until we were sure that we would bring an exceptional wine to the market on a consistent basis.