Casa Dumetz Wines
As grape growers and winemakers, we are dedicated to a healthful environment, honest hard work, and the timeless rewards of friends and family. The effort is well worth the reward of handcrafting something to share and enjoy. Our focus is small production Rhone varietals crafted on the foundation of premiere Santa Barbara County fruit.
Located in the heart of Los Alamos, California.
- GREAT WINE - small batch, handcrafted made with love.
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OWNER/WINEMAKER AT CASA DUMETZ.
By nature I have always been a curious cat. I simply cannot stop asking questions in pursuit of answers and, by extension, the authenticity they bring. A journalist by training and now a winemaker by passion, I am regularly inspired to never quit searching for that moment – the instant where it all makes sense. The two professions also continue to challenge me whether through words or wine, to craft timeless stories that are better when shared with others.
I approach my work with a lifetime of exquisite flavors, travels and experiences. Yet, never in a million years did I think I would become a winemaker. Winemaking and writing are very similar pursuits – the story is in the grapes, the harvest, the season and the resources allotted for each year.
My goal is to create vibrant, balanced and approachable wines using the basic ingredients of premium Santa Ynez Valley fruit and hard work. When Emilio and I planted a small pinot noir vineyard in 2004 in Malibu, we wanted to grow something and share the experience with family and friends. We were true garagistes with our hand-crank crusher/destemmer, small basket press and half-ton macrobins.
It was when I began sourcing viognier from Tierra Alta in 2008 that I knew my life had changed. Winemaking became bigger than the a 20 ft. x 40 ft. space. I began to soak up all the information I could – ignorance is bliss for only so long. With an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a graduate degree in Journalism, I didn’t need another degree. I needed knowledge. I needed to understand for myself why certain winemaking decisions were made. Most importantly, I needed to understand why I wanted to make certain winemaking decisions from vineyard to bottle.