Lot 6: ENA Winemakers: A Story of Serendipity and Sustainability
ENA Winemakers invites you and five guests to Mariah Vineyards, an enchanted, cool-climate vineyard atop the exclusive Mendocino Ridge AVA.
ENA, named after its winemakers Eglantine and Alberto, and also for "Europe & America," makes wine on American terroirs with European personalities. She, from Provence Côte d'Azur, grew up surrounded by vines and wines. He, from Milan, could not hold his need of fermenting and delved into brewing. Yes, there are no vineyards in Milan…
The irony of fate led to their encounter in 2010, in Margaret River, Western Australia, where they were individually making wine–and have been winemaking together ever since. Their passion for wine and viticulture took them around the world, experiencing cultures, discovering winemaking techniques and winegrowing practices. In 2014, they settled in Northern California. After a long search for a cool-climate vineyard to source the Pinot Noir of their dreams, they encountered Mariah Vineyards, which rests above the fog line in Mendocino, and ENA was founded in 2019.
Conscious of the environment, ENA works with vineyards farmed under sustainable, organic and/or regenerative principles. To reduce waste and carbon footprint, they use lightweight bottles with no capsules. Their winemaking, in a nutshell, is an assertive rather than obstructive approach towards nature. Decisions are based on improving the expression of the vineyard, rather than pushing wines towards a style. With minimal intervention, they ferment with native yeasts and carefully select barrels to respect the fruits.
You will enjoy a private lunch and vertical tasting of ENA wines at Mariah Vineyards, located at the highest elevation of the Mendocino Ridge. Locals call these mountaintops above the coastal fog “Islands in the Sky,” and Mariah Vineyards distinctively sits on the highest elevation. Take home three aromatic magnums today, and immerse yourself into the magic that goes into ENA winemaking.
2020 ENA Pinot Noir Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge (Magnum)
2020 ENA Sauvignon Blanc Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge (Magnum)
2021 ENA Eurica Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge (Magnum)
To be redeemed between May and July 2023 on a mutually agreed upon date
For 2 to 6 guests
Adults 21 years and older
Does not include transportation or lodging
Donors: ENA Winemakers
Opening Bid: $600