Markus and Liz Bokisch have a love of Spain due to Markus’s family heritage. Markus spent many a childhood summer watching his water glass go from a light shade of pink to eventually a dark red as the ratio of wine to water matched his age. After graduating from UC Davis, Markus cut his teeth in the wine industry at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as their viticulturist from 1989 to 1992. It wasn’t long before the lure of Spain enticed the newlyweds to move to Catalonia where they gained their inspiration for growing and producing Spanish varietal wines in California.
Soon after their return to the Napa Valley, they purchased their first piece of vineyard land in the Clements Hills of Lodi in 1995. Why Lodi? Markus had become familiar with Lodi during his years at Joseph Phelps when he was scouting old vine Rhone varietals such as Carignane, Mourvedre and Grenache.
In 1998 they moved to Lodi and in 1999 they planted their first Spanish Varietal block of Albarino, Tempranillo and Graciano. They have continued experimenting with new Iberian varieties and their portfolio of wines now also includes Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha Tinta and Monastrell. Their winery has a total case production of 2,000. They have started a unique wine club called “Salut!” focusing on tasting Spanish foods paired with their Spanish wines. Markus and Liz are dedicated to sustainable farming and also manage 1,000 acres of winegrapes which are 100% Certified Green as part of the Lodi Rules Program for Sustainable Winegrowing.
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