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Big Dreamers: David Bradley, Vindemia Winery

Monday, May 26th, 2014

In the fourth installment of our continuing blog series “Big Dreamers,” we sat down with Temecula Valley veteran David Bradley who knows the vineyard landscape better than anyone else – from the air.  Long-time hot air balloon pilot and talented winemaker, David landed in Temecula Valley in 1985 and operates two successful enterprises on the same property. Learn about his story as a boutique California winemaker and balloon enthusiast below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with our Temecula Valley winemakers and winery owners. You’ll learn where they’ve come from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous art (and science) of making good wine in California.

Interview with Winery Owner and Winemaker David Bradley, Vindemia Winery

1.    What were you doing before owning and operating your winery?

I was introduced to the world of hot air balloons in 1977. In 1985, my wife Gail & I moved to California and started California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures in the world’s most perfect weather. The next year we began flying in Temecula, CA, over wine country. There were eight wineries and one was for sale. I just didn’t have the money.

2.      What inspired you to want to buy a winery and what were the circumstances around choosing Temecula Valley, CA?

The winery started out just as a vineyard. If we owned a vineyard in a great location we could launch the balloons from the site and bring our guests back to the vineyard for breakfast. One day, I landed at this super-cool Provence-styled villa in the valley and was greeted by the owner. She was very nice and I asked if I could land here and visit again. The second time, I asked if she would ever sell her home. Four years later, I got a call asking if I would be interested in purchasing the house and winery site. That’s how Vindemia started.

3.      What were your expectations of the winemaker lifestyle at the beginning?  Were they way off or right on?

Winemaking is a contagious chess game pitting hopeful players against Mother Nature.  The truth to the myth is, 50 days each fall season with no sleep, 2:00am start times and mumbling pH, TA figures while recounting Brix over and over. You begin to feel like a pawn.

4.      People might think winemaking is glamorous.  Would you like to set them straight?

Winemaking is like all the arts – the project is never perfect. Sometimes it’s what’s not done that best finishes the structure; and the results haunt you, both good and bad.

5.      What is your least favorite thing about running a winery?  What is your most favorite – the reason you get up in the morning?

Least favorite is guests mistaking us as glamorous and missing the invitation to land on the farm and share in the pleasure of the fruit. And, the reason to get up… to see if Mother Nature moved her knight!

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Vindemia Vineyard & Winery

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Story

Vindemia is a family-owned and operated winery, beautifully nestled on a Temecula hillside with the perfect blend of European style and Southern California casual. Visitors who venture through the valley-less-travelled on Calle Contento will find an estate with  spectacular views, masterful gardens, and a comfortable setting that all combine to create an unparalleled retreat.

Owners David and Gail Bradley have a unique perspective of their vineyard and the Temecula Valley – a view from above. Their company, California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures, offers a beautiful sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Temecula Wine Country. They also host guests in their bed & breakfast, La Vindemia.

 

The Wines

The winery produces handcrafted wines that comprise some of the best varietals grown in the Temecula Valley. Favorites include Vindemia’s popular “More Cow Bell” Zinfandel blend, as well as their Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux-style blend, Viognier, Rosé, and Syrah. Vindemia also has 100 olive trees, which the Bradley family harvests and presses for fresh, delicious olive oil. The wine and olive oil are available for sale to the public only at Vindemia Estate Winery.

New this month! Vindemia just released their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, priced at $20/bottle, and their 2012 Reggatta de Blanc Viognier Blend, available for $24/bottle.  They will be releasing their much-anticipated 2012 “More Cowbell” Zinfandel in July.

For a list of Vindemia’s current wine selections, click here.

 

Tasting Room

The Vindemia tasting room is open Friday-Sunday from 11am-5pm. This off-the-beaten-path winery is located at 33133 Vista Del Monte Rd. Temecula, CA 92591.

At the top of each hour, visitors are invited to learn more about winemaking by exploring the vineyards or taking a tour with the winemakers.

Contact the winery directly at www.vindemia.com; or call 951-699-0601.

 

Vindemia is excited to share the plans for their new winery building, currently in its initial planning stages.

 

Latest news from Vindemia winery owner, Gail Bradley:

“We recently purchased an awesome new tractor and are running an Instagram/Facebook contest for anyone that wants to come visit our tasting room. We pay tribute to our “More Cowbell” wine on the tractor.  They just need to come by take a picture with the tractor and in the caption explain why they need more cowbell with the hashtags #Vindemia and #MoreCowbell. The winner gets a case of our infamous 2012 More Cowbell.”

 Stop by Vindemia Vineyard & Winery today!

 

 

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“Uncorked” Event at La Jolla Westfield Event, June 29th

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 29 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us for Westfield UTC’s first annual event – Uncorked – taking place on Saturday, June 29th. Temecula Valley is the official sponsor of the wine walk. Taste dozens of popular wines from 12 different Temecula Valley wineries paired with tasty bites from Westfield UTC’s finest restaurants: Seasons 52, Eureka Gourmet Burger & Craft Beer, Tender Greens and Fixtures Living’s own, Sam the Cooking Guy. The wine tasting stations will be operating from 4-7pm and concluding with a live sunset concert in Palm Plaza at 7pm featuring Michelle Branch and the music of Brandon & Leah.

Tickets are only $10 advance/$15 at the door.  All proceeds go to the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Buy your tickets here!

 

Participating Temecula Valley Wineries and the wines that will be poured include —

  1. Lorimar Winery: Estate Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Granache Sparkling Wine
  2. Europa Village: Viognier, Grenache Rose, Syrah, En Vie Blanc
  3. Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery: ’12 Viognier, ’10 Sangiovese
  4. Keyways Winery: Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Mataro, Valley Cuvee Du Nord
  5. Falkner Winery: 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Rosato-Rose; 2008 Amante-Super Tuscan; and 2008 Meritage-Bordeaux Blend
  6. Monte De Oro Winery: 2007 Syrah, 2009 Zinfandel, 2012 Nostimo White Wine
  7. Callaway Vineyard & Winery: 2010 Chardonnay WR, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon SS, 2011 Gewurztraminer SS and Belle Rose Sparkling
  8. Vindemia Estate Winery:  2006 Commonwealth Bordeaux Blend
  9. Miramonte Winery: Estate Syrah; Bin 380 (Rhone Blend); Chardonnay
  10. Maurice Car’rie/Van Roekel: Maurice Carrie Sauvignon Blanc, Maurice Carrie Tempranillo, Van Roekel Grenache Rose
  11. Thornton Winery:  Thornton Non-Vintage Brut Champagne, 2012 Chardonnay, and the 2010 Thorny’s Coat Red
  12. Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard: Almond Champagne, Decadencia, Roussanne, Double Dog
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