At Lattanzio Wines, we believe that great wine is made in the vineyard. This is our core belief; it guides us in the day to day crafting of our wines. We strive to showcase our source vineyards, not our winemaking skills.
Our objective is to seek out a handful of unique, cool climate vineyards on the West coast and hand craft small quantities of wine from those vineyards. The vineyards we work with must be meticulously maintained, dedicated to sustainable farming, naturally low yielding and possess that “sense of place”. Only the right combination of geographical location, soil, aspect, varietal/clone selection and sustainable farming practices makes a vineyard suitable for our program.
We believe it is the winemaker’s job to take perfectly ripened grapes and, through a gentle fermentation, simply coax the complex flavors and aromas into the wine bottle. To that end, our wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, are subject to minimal handling, aged in small percentages of new French oak, and bottled without fining or filtration. Excessive manipulation in the winery only takes away from the ultimate expression of the source vineyard and the resultant wine’s inherent personality.
Justin Lattanzio moved to San Francisco from the East Coast in the Fall of 1996, knowing very little about wine. However, with all of the great restaurants and wine shops in the San Francisco Bay area, it was easy for him to find and to taste some of the finest wines from California and around the world. It wasn’t long before Justin became enamored with wine. He proceeded to spend much of his free time tasting wine as well as reading about it.
In 2003, after several years working in the environmental consulting and biotechnology fields, Justin decided to move up to Sonoma County to pursue a career in winemaking. He worked for two years in the cellars at Copain Wines and Copain Custom Crush. There, he managed the crushpad and assisted such highly regarded wineries as Pisoni Vineyards, Carlisle Winery and DuMol with their wine work. It was at Copain where Justin developed his passion for Pinot Noir and Syrah made in a more traditional, old world style.
In May of 2005, when the opportunity arose to work with world renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett (of Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle fame) at the new Revana Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, Justin didn’t hesitate. At Revana, Justin was able to fine tune his winemaking skills working with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley.
In 2005, Justin and his wife Hillary took the leap and created Lattanzio Wines based on their passion for crafting wines of classic elegance with a true sense of time and place.