A trip along San Luis Obispo’s Coastal Wine Trail would not be the same without a trip to Laetitia Vineyard and Winery. Visitors rave about the winery’s Pinot Noirs, and the extensive tasting menu, which includes sparkling and dessert wine options. In addition, the winery has a large tasting room with picturesque grounds that may turn a quick stop into a lengthy wine sampling experience.
Laetitia Wines Receive Accolades
While Laetitia was first known for its sparkling wines, it now receives acclaim for its handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Recently, the winery was recognized for its 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs in Wine Enthusiast.
• La Colline and Les Galets both received 94 points
• La Coupelle received 96 points
• Wines to Look For in the Tasting Room
One of the things that makes a Laetitia tasting room experience special is the number of choices available. The tasting room has an extensive menu which includes Laetitia Estate wines as well as sparkling ones. Visitors say it is the perfect place to celebrate special events, such as an anniversary, with your choice of sparkling wines, such as the 2013 Laetitia Brut Rosé. In the tasting room you can also try wines from the NADIA label, and samples of limited-edition and exclusive bottles.
Some new releases to look for in the tasting room include:
• 2015 NADIA Grenache Rosé
• 2014 NADIA GSM Blend
• 2015 NADIA Sauvignon Blanc
All of these wines are a perfect way to celebrate spring.
Wines with a Purpose
If you decide to purchase the NADIA Quattro, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Grenache, and Petite Sirah, you will have a chance to drink a great wine while doing something to benefit the community. Laetitia donates a portion of the proceeds to local charities. This year the beneficiaries are Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. More than 8,000 bottles of NADIA Quattro will be available for purchase.
The NADIA Quattro is part of the ‘Other Red’ category, related to the Pinots and Cabernets, with a little something different to offer. It is described as an exotic blend, with four times the depth, that provides a contrast to the traditional Meritages.
The History of Laetitia’s Wines
Grape vines where first planted at Laetitia in 1982 by French viticulturists. They recognized the ideal growing conditions, which were similar to the founder’s hometown in Epernay, France. The vineyard is located in the Arroyo Grande AVA, on land overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
In 2001, Selim Zikha, founder of a wind power development company, bought the vineyard and transformed the vineyard into the home of high quality, and sustainably produced wines.