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Featured Wine Alan Viader
Since childhood, Alan has assisted in the vineyards at VIADER, primarily working during his summer vacation. Today he looks back fondly on those early summer mornings when he was responsible for manually clearing the piles of rocks from between the rows to allow the tractor to pass…
In college, he formally pursued his interest in viticulture with a hands-on program in Sonoma and he learned the fundamentals of winemaking at UC Davis. There, he accumulated more knowledge and respect for the organic farming principles he grew up with at VIADER. Alan also spearheaded the biodynamic project with consultant Phillipe Armenier, integrating the biodynamic calendar and several herbal treatments to the vines and in the cellar with fervor. Alan has been managing the VIADER vineyards since 2002, but has worked in all areas of wine production, and also national sales.
In 2005, looking to gain more winery experience, Alan worked the harvest in Mendoza, Argentina with close friends Manuel Ferrer Minettti and Santiago Achaval from Bodega Achaval-Ferrer. While in Argentina, he was picking fruit from hundred-year-old Malbec vines, and soon after, out of his appreciation for the Bordeaux varietal, he installed 174 vines of Malbec at VIADER to have “something to play with.” The following year in 2006, Alan started dedicating his time to both vineyard management and winemaking, and would later become the Director of Operations, responsible for the 2005 wines at VIADER.
As Delia's right-hand, Alan has the opportunity of overseeing production from start to finish. And having inherited his mother’s passion for winemaking and expressing the TERROIR, Alan is looking forward to many exciting vintages in the family business.