Skip to main content
Renato Sais & Akash Patel
Meet the Winemakers

Renato Sais & Akash PatelAkash Winery

Renato Sais & Akash Patel

What do you love about making wine in Temecula Valley? What drew you to the region?

The original meaning of "Temecula" pretty much sums up the reason we love this region, and why we were drawn to it. It truly is the "place of the sun," in terms of both weather and our neighboring wineries. SoCal sun + sandy loam are a formidable combination when it comes to producing a range of red varieties, especially Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. Mild winters bring early budbreak, stretching out the growing season so we can develop the nuances and layers of flavor that make these bottles memorable.

What is your winemaking style/philosophy?

In the vineyard, we're dedicated to farming sustainably — no pesticides are applied, and the majority of our vineyard operations fall under organic principles. On the crush pad and in the cellar, our job is to shepherd perfectly ripe fruit into well-made wine using a pragmatic combination of time-honored tradition and modern scientific principles. While winemaking may not be rocket science, it is chemistry, and requires a watchful eye and deft hand at times.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Temecula wines?

Although we're considered a relatively "young" wine region, Temecula has a history of grape growing that began in the 1800's. Our roots run deep, so to speak.

What are you excited about when it comes to Temecula Valley’s future?

The sunny disposition, imaginative business acumen, and collaborative spirit of the wine community here is unparalleled. Working together in this way helps us rise to new heights and overcome obstacles. The future of Temecula Valley is bright in the hands of the amazing people who live and work here.

Banner Ads