Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
People who appreciate the scenic beauty of the San Luis Obispo County will love Laetitia Vineyard and Winery for its proximity to beaches and sweeping ranchland dotted with live oaks. Sparkling wine aficionados will also recognize the unmistakably milder microclimate that characterizes Laetitia, all conveniently accessible from Highway 101.
Sustainably-grown estate grapes
Laetitia’s Tasting Room, accessible just inland off Hwy. 101 and within view of the Pacific, is located at 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive in Arroyo Grande. Open daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m, the hilltop vineyard features bocce ball, picnic availability, and a walking trail to pair with picture-postcard views and a selection of wines. Winemakers Eric Hickey and Dave Hickey and Vineyard Operations VP Lino Bozzano collaborate to utilize grapes of varying soil mixes from across 600-plus acres. Laetitia is situated within the Arroyo Grande AVA, where temperatures hover between 49.2 and 72.3 degrees during the growing season.
From weed-controlling goats to water and energy conservation, Laetitia is among the very first SIP Certified operations by the Central Coast Vineyard Team. To be approved, this vineyard stewardship organization requires that vineyards pass a formidable independent audit of ten criteria to become certified, including earth-sustainable and technologically sound viticultural practices, social treatment and pest management.
Featured wines for spring and summer
A palate-pleasing array of reds and whites await with a decisive accent on Pinot Noirs.
Over a half-dozen sparkling wines, however, steal the spotlight at various price points and make perfect host gifts for summer celebrations. Laetitia’s méthode champenoise-style sparkler employs a second fermentation in the bottle, in which carbon dioxide is created, courtesy of sugar and yeast, to provide for a refined fizz upon sipping.
“The team here at Laetitia has been gearing up for our annual spring releases,” said Georgie Hackett, Sales and Marketing Director. “On April 4, we officially released our 2017 NADIA Grenache Rosé and 2017 NADIA Orange Muscat. The Grenache Rosé is a real crowd-pleaser. Pale cotton candy pink in color, aromas of nectarine and fresh strawberry delight with light-bodied and crisp flavors of angel food cake and zesty yellow fruits.” said Hackett.
“Our Orange Muscat, on the other hand, isn’t for all crowds, but this dessert wine has a significant following – and loyal at that,” said Hackett. “The best way I can describe this wine is peach cobbler, apricot and honeysuckle (a must-try).” This lighter counterpart to Laetitia’s other dessert wine, the 2011 NADIA Vintage Port, Laetitia’s Orange Muscat is a bright, sweet sipper that’s perfect for desserts, such as a mascarpone tart or caramel flan, and appetizers, like cranberry brie bites.
Near and dear to Laetitia Vineyard & Winery are ongoing efforts to invest in their local communities.
“We are right in the middle of planning our ‘Thirsting to Give Back Celebration.’ for May 19th from 12-4 p.m. Each year, Winemaker Eric Hickey releases a new vintage of his annual charity wine – the NADIA Quattro,” said Hackett. “In 2017, we were able to donate $30,000 to Special Olympics SLO and SLO Habitat for Humanity through the sales of this wine. This year the proceeds go to Jack’s Helping Hand and Foodbank SLO. We’re also planning an event at the winery to celebrate the hard work of our own staff along with the members of these generous organizations. There will be a food truck, music and, of course, wine.”
What’s wine without music?
In addition to wine and philanthropy, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery serves up some wonderful local musical talent, as well, throughout late spring and early fall. This May, check out “the real-deal” singer-songwriter Chris Beland (May 26th) and versatile alto singer Nicole Stromsoe (May 27th) in their “Live at Laetitia” series from 1-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are not necessary.
Call (805) 481-1772 or visit Laetitiawine.com for information.