(Healdsburg, CA) For a small family winery on the most established wine road in America, Gracianna’s handcrafted wines have medalled consecutively since their inaugural vintage in 2007. And now with the second release from their estate vineyard slated for later this month, Gracianna stands to achieve continued recognition with its 2013 Mercedes Riverblock Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir. Named after one of the winery founder’s grandmother Mercedes Siordia, the Mercedes Riverblock Vineyard produces wines that are as bright as her smiling eyes. They are classically Burgundian in style; structured and fruit-forward with floral notes.
At one time part of an ancient river bed, the Mercedes Riverblock Vineyard now sits upon the banks of the Russian River at the site of the Gracianna tasting room and family estate. This special vineyard enjoys ideal growing conditions for pinot noir resulting in unparalleled fruit flavor. The specific combination of morning fog and afternoon warmth from the northern aspect of the Russian River appellation is rare and therefore produces wines that are unique to the region. Of all the vineyards in the world, only a rare few share the prestigious distinction of being able to call the space between the Russian River bank and Westside Road “home.”
With its sweeping rows and resolute beauty, the Mercedes Riverblock Vineyard offers a sense of both history and place. The vines are adorned with handcrafted stone medallions gifted to each Gracianna Medallion Wine Club member by the Amador family upon joining the wine club. Some medallions feature the names of club members themselves, while others serve as a thoughtful and loving remembrance. Early wine club member Lynda Bascom, whose medallion reads “My Little Piece of Heaven” says, “I visit my medallion nearly once a month and have taken a photo every season. I am connected to this vineyard, to Gracianna, to the Amadors, and this vine. My vine, in the Mercedes Riverblock is my little piece of heaven.”
Gracianna, named after the Amador’s other great-grandmother Gracianna Lasaga, pays tribute to her value of gratitude and symbolizes everyday grace and graciousness. The Amadors honor the care and devotion that goes into crafting and detailing each bottle of wine. Gracianna uses proven winemaking best practices and craftsmanship mixed with the desire to create an intimate wine experience for its visitors, and the wines from this “fruit-first” winery are made for those who have something to be grateful for. “Bringing our everyday gratitudes to life through an intimate experience in our tasting room is why we do this,” says Ashley Amador, partner.
Gracianna is an award-winning Russian River Valley “fruit-first” craftsman's winery, owned by the Amadors of Sonoma County. The Amador's estate vineyard, Mercedes Riverblock, is planted to pinot noir on the Miracle Mile on Westside Road in Healdsburg. The Amadors are committed to the care and devotion that goes into crafting and detailing each bottle of wine. Their approach combines science and craftsmanship mixed with gratitude for the brilliant hand-picked fruit they choose to make the wine.
Gracianna is recognized in the American hospitality industry as being a top performer for the intimate experience guests enjoy and is the recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and 2015.
Gracianna symbolizes everyday gratitudes and graciousness in entertaining because of their belief that successfully hosting a special meal with friends and family is an everlasting circle that fills all our lives. Gracianna is for those who have something to be grateful for.