Wente Vineyards Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc is an estate grown white wine from the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the San Francisco Bay area. The Livermore Valley AVA was founded in 1982 (amended in 2006) and is known for its gravelly soils, a unique east-west orientation and wide temperature fluctuations due to the breeze coming in from San Francisco Bay. Wente Vineyards was founded by C. H. Wente, a first-generation immigrant from Germany, in 1883. Recognizing that the warm days, cool nights and gravelly soils of the Livermore Valley were ideal for growing grapes, he purchased 48 acres and planted vineyards. Continuing the 125+ years legacy, the winery is managed today by the Fourth Generation of the Wente family, Eric, Philip, Carolyn, and the Fifth Generation, Christine and Karl.
Wente Vineyards Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc is names after French emigré Louis Mel who traveled to the USA in the 1870s to make wine. He also managed to acquire Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon cuttings from the Marquis de Lur-Saluces, better known as the owner of the world famous Chateau Y’quem, in the 1880s. Wente acquired the Louis Mel estate in the 1930s. The grapes for this wine are harvested when the acidity has reached the desired levels for Wente and they are picked in the pre-dawn to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in the freshest, best condition. At the winery the grapes are gently pressed, cold settled and then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks which helps to retain natural vibrancy in the wine.
Wente Vineyards Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc is principally Sauvignon Blanc, although in some vintages there can be a tiny amount (around 1%) Semillon and Gewurztraminer.