(a brief synopsis)
No added sulfites.
eat + drink = merry
Every meal is better
with the right wine.
in a refillable
one liter bottle.
I started Vinavanti out of a love of food and wine. While I've always loved to eat, I discovered I love to cook and drink wine about ten years ago, and it has blossomed from there. I decided that I wanted to create a line of wines that not only drank well on their own, but also paired well with food. Wines that people could enjoy not just with a special occassion meal, but with the meals they eat in celebrating life every day.
And so our White Label line of wines were created. For these, we work in the old world tradition as negociants - we search out and find wines that exhibit the qualities which make them great foundations for food wines, and then blend them to produce different wines each specifically tailored to a particular cuisine.
After some time, I felt the need to create another line of wines in addition to our White Label. Wines that ran counter to the industry trends of "big wines" which all tasted simply either "red" or "white", and had lost their elegance and distinction. Wines with minimal manipulation - that really expressed the individuality of the grape, the land, and the vintage - the terroir.
And so our Black Label line of wines were born. For these, we start with sourcing the best quality, local fruit from varietals well suited to the climate. At harvest, all the fruit is hand-sorted, and then undergoes fully native fermentations - we don't add yeast or bacteria. We also don't add acid, sulfites, or a host of other common fining or wine-altering ingredients. No oaking is used to alter the taste. When bottled, the wine is left unfiltered, and naturally beautiful.
I invite you to come visit our urban winery and tasting room. I believe in good food, good wine, and good company. I hope we can be part of yours.
Eric Van Drunen, Vintner