California’s Respected Bien Nacido Vineyards Announce Release of Own-Label Wines

This autumn will bring with it the release of more than 400 cases of Bien Nacido Vineyards Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, marking the first own-label release in the winery’s history.

In September of 2010, Bien Nacido Vineyards (BNV) has announced that it will release a 2007 Syrah and a 2007 Pinot Noir, in addition to a 2008 Chardonnay, produced from their Solomon Hills Vineyards location in California’s magnificent Santa Rita Hills. These are the first own-label wines for BNV, and will be available at first only in New York and California for around $43 US per bottle.

The vineyards, which sprawl over nearly 6oo acres of prime growing land, are world-renowned and boast an impressive following of notable clientele. The land has been farmed by the Miller family since the late 1960s, and comprises some of California’s most coveted grapes in the entire Santa Maria Valley, which is situated just outside of bustling Santa Barbara. BNV has a lengthy wait list, and has worked with some of the most popular names in California to produce an impressive array of excellent wines, including Gary Farrell, Qupe, Byron, Sine Qua Non, Fess Parker, Foxen and Au Bon Climat, to name only a few. Interestingly, at BNV the vineyard blocks that have been reserved for notable clients are discreetly marked by just a few simple letters or numbers.

According to the Miller family, the release of the BNV own-label wines marks the family’s desire to expand the business for future generations, although they are adamant that they will remain growers first. Today the business is run by brothers Nicholas and Marshall Miller, who recently joined the winery full time, and have developed a series of plans to commercialize the brand.



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