Our Journey - The Amista Timeline

1994 – Mike planted his first vineyard at our home in Saratoga, California – 150 Cabernet Sauvignon vines; he bought ½ ton of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and made wine in our garage

1995 – I got a job offer in New Jersey and we nad to leave our vineyard before ever experiencing a harvest (we took the barrel of wine and let it age in our New Jersey basement)

1999 – After secretly exploring vineyard properties on the internet, Mike whisked me off to Sonoma and we purchased this beautiful vineyard - 20 acres planted in Chardonnay - in Dry Creek Valley near the charming town of Healdsburg

2000 – We removed 8 acres of Chardonnay vines and planted Syrah

2002 – We finally moved to our vineyard in Healdsburg and Mike harvested 3 tons of our estate Syrah to make “Garage Syrah”

2003 – We harvested estate Syrah and purchased Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from local Healdsburg neighbors for our first official harvest, and the Amista dream became a reality

2005 – We released our first wine and Amista Vineyards was born

2007 – We opened the Amista Vineyards tasting room surrounded by estate Morningsong Vineyards planted to Chardonnay and Syrah

2008 – We released our first sparkling wine, Amista Sparkling Syrah

2010 – We released our first Amista Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 – We budded over some of our Syrah vines to one acre each of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah

2011 – We released our first Amista Sparkling Blanc de Blanc

2014 – We launched Amista Sparkling Friends, the first and only sparkling wine club in Dry Creek Valley

2015 - We debuted three estate grown sparkling wines: Amista Sparkling Grenache, Amista 2013 Blanc de Blanc and our first sparkling blend, Amista Fusión.