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De Tierra Vineyards hosting Summer BBQ in the Vineyard

De Tierra Vineyards will be hosting their Summer BBQ in the Vineyard  – Vino with the Vindegard at the Russell Estate Vineyard at the end of Corral De Tierra Road in the heart of the Salinas Valley in Coastal California. Their Second Annual Vino with The Vindegard event will be on July 11 from 1 – 4 PM and will celebrate the Summer Season and impending harvest.

“We are so excited when guests join us at the vineyard,” states Anna Russell, General Manager of De Tierra Vineyards. “This event gives everyone the opportunity to get a taste of what we do from vine to wine; while drinking, eating, and relaxing with our beautiful vineyard as the backdrop.”

Vino with the Vindegard

July 11 Summer BBQ at De Tierra!
















The Vindegard is the De Tierra’s talisman who stands watch above the Estate vineyard. You might hear the Russell’s whisper, that he brings them luck and a bountiful harvest each year. Much work and preparation goes into the fall hand-harvest of De Tierra Vineyards; many times harvesting the same vineyard multiple times in order to ensure each row is harvested at the optimal level of ripeness. This Summer BBQ is a way to thank De Tierra’s friends and family who have helped through out the year as well as welcome new guests to the De Tierra family.

Known for being family owned and sustainably operated winery that produces SIP certified limited production, estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah, De Tierra is pleased to announce the release of two new wines that will be launched at The Vino with the Vindegard event: De Tierra’s 2013 La Estancia Riesling and 2013 Monterey Rose Wine that will be poured. In addition De Tierra’s 2012 Russell Estate Chardonnay, the 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, the 2011 Puzzler Red Blend, the 2009 Estate Merlot, and the 2012 Mesa del Sol Syrah will round out decants.

The menu, crafted and executed by friends of De Tierra, Chefs Kathleen Robison and Matthew ‘Gus’ Gustat, will paired perfectly with the wine and give guests the true family feel that permeates the Russell Estate Vineyard.

The afternoon will start with passed hummus with cucumber spears, blue cheese stuffed dates, pita triangles with chèvre and sundried tomato spread. Guests will then enjoy grilled beef Tri-tip and grilled boneless marinated chicken thigh strips with Tabbouleh salad made with quinoa, the classic mixed beans and red onion salad and a dinner roll. Dessert will tempt attendees with date-walnut-oatmeal bars and sorbet made with De Tierra’s Ekem Late Harvest Riesling.

In addition to the wine and paired menu, fun friendly competition will also ensue. Known throughout the Salinas Valley for working hard and playing hard, this family-run operation could not host an event with out a little prize package that goes along with it. Guests will have the chance at games of skill and winning t-shirts and bragging rights for competitions that include trivia, a blind tasting competition, and more!

Tickets are on sale now and are $65 General Admission and $55 Wine Club Members please purchase tickets online at by Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to order online now; under the events tab or RSVP to Chris at or 831.622.9704.

From Vine to Wine: De Tierra Vineyards Practices French Method of Winemaking

With summer waning and fall approaching quickly the long road to the annual grape harvest has come to fruition, literally. De Tierra Vineyards begins harvest this week and in the true Burgundian style of wine growing, every member of the De Tierra team will have their hand on the grapes before they become wine.

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De Tierra punch downs

De Tierra punch downs

“At De Tierra we believe in the Chateau winemaking style” states Anna Russell, General Manager of De Tierra Vineyards, “which focuses more on the estate element and family involvement; every employee from the sales staff to the tasting room team will spend full days in the vineyard. They will help with all aspects of the process including harvest, production, crush, de-stemming, punch downs, labeling, bottling and all points in between.”

At De Tierra they hand-harvest each vineyard. Many times harvesting the same vineyard multiple times in order to ensure each row is harvested at the optimal level of ripeness. With approximately 11 Estate acres, the expected estate tonnage is 40 tons which translates to about 3000 cases of wine in 2014.

This year’s crop will be harvested and bottled and the whites will be available for tasting in 2015-2016 and the reds 2016-2017. The 2011/2012 whites and the 2009/2010 reds are currently being poured in the tasting room or available to purchase online at