June 15, 2010
Just outside of Austin city limits, Solaro Estate Winery at Dripping Springs Vineyard, has designed and created a state of the art boutique winery, unlike anything else in the Texas Hill Country Wine Region. Solaro’s slogan,“The Art of Science”, is more than a catchy phrase; it is a motto to live by when crafting world class wine, says Solaro’s Barbara Haderlein. read more to see: Great wines start with great fruit says, Barbara. There are a number of small meticulously managed vineyards throughout the state whose fruit if processed by traditional wineries, must be mixed with grapes from other vineyards in order to fill traditional tanks; and the grapes usually do not reach the correct brix at the same time. At Solaro, we have incorporated custom equipment with the ability to delicately handle single varietals of relatively small tonnages of superior grapes from vine to glass. Our handling capabilities allow us to better manage picking, transport, de-stemming – crushing, and temperature control during fermentation which enable Solaro to produce superior single vineyard wines. Solaro Estate is careful to combine its families’ long tradition of Italian wine making techniques with the best of modern technology to produce limited wines of very high quality. At Solaro, we recognize that fine wines have no borders, states Ms. Haderlein. It is a falsity that certain wines can only be produced with quality in a specific region. In fact, the complacency which has developed in some traditional wine regions has fueled the evolution of wine production of finer wines in regions like the Texas Hill Country where the natural qualities of soil, sun and heat, produce grapes of extremely high quality. The 2009 sun and heat brought grapes that are “few but great”; a fitting phrase for Texas. This may be the vintage to remember says Barbara. Last year’s conditions produced fruit of character and complexity not seen in many of the World’s Wine regions. We implement the artistry and science to produce the wines which are now being bottled and are creating world notice of our finer Texas wines. Our 2009 reds are coming out of oak and there is a complexity that gives rise to celebration.