Wednesday, October 22, 2014

IN PHOTOS: New Kid on the (Cabernet) Block: Sonoma County's Viluko Vineyards Debuts Its First Releases

Sonoma's got a new winery with organic vines. On October 4, Viluko Vineyards welcomed visitors to its first open house and to celebrate the release of its new 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (800 cases/$50) and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc(144 cases/$22).

Viluko also announced the debut of its second label - Split Rock - and its inaugural release - the 2010 Split Rock Cabernet (86 cases/$30). 

Proprietors Pedro Arroyo, a Chilean born real estate investor, and his wife Karen Arroyo, purchased the 500 acre property along Mark West Creek (in the Mayacamas Mountains east of Santa Rosa) as a getaway, but were later inspired to become vintners, hiring Tim Milos as their winemaker.

The Latin American influence was felt in the gourmet Peruvian food catered by Sazon, which displayed incredibly sophisticated flavors and cooking. They paired well with the Viluko wines, which are food friendly and would pair well with a wide variety of cuisines.

Visit the winery's web site for details on tasting and ordering the wines.

The estate vineyards - 38 acres in vines - were certified in 2005
The 2011 Cabernet (800 cases/$50)
Mark West Creek runs through the property
(but is not used for any on site use)
The rustic barn made a picturesque setting for the open house
Split Rock is Viluko's second label; it makes one Cabernet ($30)
Interior of the barn
Delicious Peruvian cuisine from Saron

The wine lineup - from left to right - Split Rock Cabernet, Viluko
Sauvignon Blanc and Viluko Cabernet Sauvignon

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