who grows the grapes? who makes the wines?
Martha Barra, Charlie’s wife, along with son Shawn and daughter Shelley, manage the business of the winery today, and their acumen proves everyday that organically grown wines can and should compete on quality and price alone, and win. They depend on winemaker Jason Welch who runs an equally tight ship at the winery, allowing for the art and science required to produce CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) certified wines that are consistently more layered and nuanced than one might expect at the price.
what wines do they make?
Across the board, use of oak is careful and measured. Most barrels are one year old when first used at Barra, ensuring that the flavors of wood do not interfere with the work done in the vineyard. Production of each is small, ranging from 350 to 600 cases per variety.
when did the winery start?
where is the winery?
The area is reminiscent geographically to the rolling hills of Piedmont; a draw to Charlie’s grandparents who arrived in the region, direct from northern Italy generations ago.
why is it a candid wine? why might you want a taste?
We like to show the Barra wines to folks looking for purity from California. The Barra’s never embraced the race for points and alcohol. Their dedication to the fruit first simply runs counter to the idea of picking anything that is overripe, to manipulation in the winery, and to masking the flavors of the grapes they’ve grown in oak. We’ve found that the wines live gracefully for a decade after harvest.
how is it made?