expresses the essence of the terroir in their wines, capturing the unique personality and flavour profile of the vineyards.
Winemaker, Craig McAllister, adds his own highly personal touch by combining the best Burgundian winemaking techniques with contemporary Californian style.
When La Crema was founded in 1979, the Russian River Valley had yet to establish itself as one of California’s most important regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The first few vintages at La Crema were devoted to learning the intricacies of cold-climate viticulture and winemaking. In 1993, Jess Jackson bought La Crema. With the help of winemaker Dan Goldfield, he elevated the quality of the wines and enhanced the winery’s reputation as a top producer of Burgundian varieties in California.
Over the years, La Crema expanded beyond the Russian River Valley to Sonoma Coast, Green Valley, Fort Ross-Seaview, Mendocino, Carneros and Monterey. Not stopping at California the winery ventured to Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley where it produces a world-class Pinot Noir. The unifying factors with all of these sites are their cool, windy climates and marine-based soils.