Amy Luftig Viste – A Woman’s Perspective on Co-Owning a Winery in Los Angeles
She's Got Moxie
Amy Luftig is the co-owner of Angeleno Wine Company in Los Angeles. She began her career in public health, however, after moving west to Los Angeles and volunteering to help a winemaker during a “harvest” she found “love at first sight” (or in this case love at first harvest). She talks about her entrepreneurial journey and more on this episode. "One of the things that you have to learn as a winemaker is to trust your instincts." - Amy Luftig Viste. Learn more about this episode at joychudacoff.com/134
Angeleno Wine Co - Amy Luftig Viste and Jasper Dickson
Wine Soundtrack - USA
Angeleno Wine Company is wine grown in Los Angeles, and made in Los Angeles. It is a little known fact that California winemaking began in Los Angeles, not in Napa or Sonoma. The state's first original winemakers made and grew their wines where our winery sits today. At its height of production in the mid-1800's, Angelenos were making 2 million bottles of wine, several years before Napa even had their first commercial winery. It used to be that when San Franciscans and New Yorkers saw 'California Wine' on a label, they knew it came from L.A..Our pride and joy is a small vineyard about an hour north of Los Angeles outside a little town called Agua Dulce. It is farmed by Juan Alonso, a visionary who planted an array of lesser known Spanish grape varietals from his native Galicia. Tannat, Graciano, Godello, Loureiro, and Treixadura are some of the unique varietals that Angeleno makes into wine every year. For us, Juan is the heart and soul of Angeleno. As "natural" winemakers, we use all native yeasts and don't add chemicals, proteins, colors or flavors to our wine. We harvest early to preserve natural acidity in the fruit. We strive to make wines that truly showcase Los Angeles fruit with our wines. For this reason, we consider Juan Alonso the true winemaker of Angeleno, as it is the character of his vineyard that shines through in our wines.