Ikal 1150, a winery outof Argentina, first made a splash in the Texas market in 2009. Since then it hasbeen full speed ahead. This August, husband and wife team Jerry Ward and SandraBeltran, owners of the winery, are hitting the west coast to showcase their wineto local Californians. With a limited production, a tailor made label and apoetic name, it’s sure to have a flourishing debut.
Everything about this wine is hand crafted to reflect a lifestyle. The name is areflection of “poetry in a bottle”: “Ikal,” meaning poetry in a local nativelanguage and “eleven fifty” (1150) showcasing the vineyard’s elevation inmeters. The label is elegantly designed by matching the vineyard’s soil, aglacial mix of rock and stone, to the color of each wine.
While in California, their main focus is to introduce the wine to localrestaurants, wine bars, and upscale venues. “We’ve put a lot of love andpassion behind our wine and we want to share it with the people ofCalifornia,”said Sandra Beltran, VP of Sales and vineyard owner. “It is acouture wine that we are sure Californians will appreciate.”
Ikal 1150 grows at high elevation, free of insects and mold, without pesticidesand other chemicals. The vines quench their thirst on snowmelt water from theAndes Mountains, whose foothills are less than a mile from the vineyard. Theold-world style and rustic elegance of these wines will pair well with the freshlocal farm grown produce used in most California restaurants.
A series of wine dinners and tastings are scheduled from Los Angeles movingsouth to San Diego. “We encourage everyone to follow us through facebook andcome join us where ever possible,” said Jerry Ward, in charge of operations andvineyard owner. Originally born in Huntington Beach, Jerry is very excited toreturn. The couple hand sell the wine wherever they go. They love getting toknow the people, sharing their stories and adventures. For more information ontheir wines please visit http://www.1150wine.com, http://www.facebook.com/ikal1150 or call1-888-333-8926.
About Ikal 1150 Wines:
The Ikal 1150 vineyard is located in the foothills of Mendoza, Argentina. Thewinery produces five distinctive varietals: Malbec, Cabernet, Pinot Noir,Chardonnay and Torrontes. Only 300 cases of each are produced with theexception of their signature Malbec, where 600 cases are produced. The grapesare grown in sandy, rocky soil bathed with lots of sunshine by day and brightstars and cool dry air at night. The challenging soil conditions and temperaturevariance make the vines struggle and the fruit ripen slowly, giving the winestheir signature body and distinct flavor, which wine drinkers describe as”poetry in a bottle,” partly due to the name and partly due to the unique taste.
The wines won the San Diego Critics Choice Award in 2008 and medals at theHouston Rodeo “Bits and Bites” competition in 2009 and again in 2010.
About the Creators:
The Ikal 1150 winery was built by the same team that developed the distinguishedsmall luxury hotels Ikal del Mar (now the Tides Rivera Maya) and Esencia inMexico’s Riviera Maya. There are future plans to build a twelve-room luxuryhotel and residences on the vineyard where owners may source their allocation ofgrapes from the estate, creating their own handcrafted wine.
The winery and residences represent an expansion of the company’s reach intoother products designed for consumers who appreciate the finer things in life.The wines are imported to the U.S. by Frutizia Wine Group, LLC.
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