Monte Rio Cellars

  • Sonoma, California, United States
Monte Rio Cellars

Monte Rio Cellars is a collaboration between longtime friends Patrick Cappiello and Pax Mahle.

Following a successful career as a sommelier and restaurant owner in New York City, Patrick set his sights on the West Coast to make wine. He launched Monte Rio Cellars with the help of his buddy and highly-respected winemaker, Pax.

Patrick and Pax's philosophy is to make hand-crafted wines in the spirit of old California. With this idea in mind, they work with family-owned, organically farmed vineyards and keep the winemaking simple. Spontaneous fermentations take place with whole cluster grapes in stainless steel and concrete, and aging takes place in neutral oak barrels. The goal is to make moderate alcohol, higher acid, fresh wines, naturally.

As a restaurant buyer and young consumer Patrick was always frustrated by the lack of affordable, honest wines from California. Monte Rio Cellars is his answer to that, and another step for California towards the new direction of balanced, food-friendly wines for the people!

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DB9226-19
Organic
Chardonnay Mendocino County
2019
Appellation: Mendocino - Redwood Valley Vineyard: Hawkeye Winemaking: Hand harvested and direct to press. Fermented in stainless steel.... Read More

DB9225-19
Organic
French Colombard Mendocino County
2019
Colombard
Appellation: Mendocino - Redwood Valley Varietals: 60 year old French Colombard Vineyard: Hawkeye Winemaking: Hand harvested and direct to... Read More

DB9223-19
Organic
Dry White Zinfandel Lodi
2019
Zinfandel
Grapes are grown in Lodi, at Shergrill vineyard. 100% Zinfandel on 6-10 year old vines. Fruit was harvested by hand and went directly to... Read More

DB2377-19
Organic
Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi
2019
Zinfandel
90 year old Zinfandel vines from Shergill vineyard in Lodi. Organic. Winemaking: Carbonic Maceration of 100% whole cluster fruit for 8 days... Read More

DB2379-19
Organic
Petite Sirah Lodi
2019
Petite Sirah
40 year old Petite Sirah from Bains vineyard in Lodi. Organically farmed. 100% whole cluster Carbonic Maceration for 13 days in stainless... Read More

DB9226-20
Organic
Chardonnay
2020
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay from Hawkeye vineyard in Mendocino County. Organically farmed. Natural yeast fermentation occurred in stainless steel. Aged... Read More

DB3209-20
Organic
Coferment
2020
Mission
A blend of 50% Petit Verdot & 50% Sauvignon Blanc, farmed organically in Lodi. 10-day whole-cluster carbonic maceration in tank. The... Read More

DB9227-20
Mission
2020
Mission
100% Mission grapes from Somers vineyard, farmed organically in Lodi.10-day carbonic maceration in tank. The fruit was then pressed into... Read More

DB3207-20
Organic
Sauvignon Blanc
2020
Sauvignon Blanc
100% organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc from Lodi. Natural yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks and old wood barrels. Aged for five... Read More

DB3208-20
Organic
Skull White
2020
Colombard
24% French Colombard, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, 18% Clairette, 18% Riesling from Ricetti, Calvinco, Hawkeye, Martian Ranch, Coal... Read More