Winervana on Alquimista Cellars and Greg La Follette

Award-winning artist and wine guru, Stephen Hawk of the Winervana blog goes deep into the history of winemaker, Greg La Follette, Alquimista Cellars and reviews our vineyards and a selection of our wines. Read more at the Winervana blog.

Alquimista Cellars – A Hidden Sonoma Gem 

Wine industry insider, Olivia Wallach tasted with Greg La Follette in early August and blogged about her experience and learnings.

If you ever get the chance to go to Alquimista Cellars, do not hesitate. I like to think I have had a lot of wine. Being in the industry for four years now, I got a little cocky thinking I knew at least some of my stuff. But going to this winery… This was a game-changer with incredible wines. I learned so much in the one hour I was with Greg La Follette. Read more at

Alquimista Cellars – Transformative Wines from Magical Vineyards

You might not yet know the name Alquimista Cellars – but you probably know one half of the winemaking team behind it – Greg La Follette. One of the most respected winemakers and vineyard stewards in all of the wine world, Greg has launched numerous brands (La Crema, Hartford Court, Flowers, to name a few) and has been instrumental in cultivating the incredible success of Pinot Noir in Northern California. Read more at

Alquimista Cellars Winter Harvest

Our 2017 Confluence Russian River Valley Pinot Noir cuvee received a double gold as did our 2017 Convergence Mendocino County Pinot Noir cuvee. Our 2018 van der Kamp Sonoma Mountain Pinot Meunier earned a double gold medal as well. Gold medals were awarded to our 2018 Jessie’s Grove Lodi Zinfandel and 2017 Mes Filles Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Our 2017 Lorenzo Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay and 2017 Haiku Vineyard Mendocino County Chardonnay also received gold medals. Now in its 13th year, the American Fine Wine Competition is the largest and most prestigious invitation only event in the United States. More than 1,000 wines were entered in this year’s competition held over two days at Florida International University in Miami. Among the 32 judges were sommeliers, retailers, wine educators, wine writers and chefs. We still have limited supplies of these award-winning wines – go to Our Wines to purchase! For more about the competition visit American Fine Wine Competition

Grape Serenade

Sonoma Magazine Greg La Follette playing bagpipesAlquimista Cellars winemaker and partner, Greg La Follette once again initiates the grape harvest season with a bagpipe serenade. “I believe the wine reacts to the vibrations in music” says Greg, and he adds “Beyond the vibrations, its about the people involved getting enthused.” READ MORE in the harvest issue of Sonoma Magazine

Alquimista Cellars wines are now available by the glass at Underwood Bar and Bistro, in Graton, CA

Our wines are also served at these fine restaurants:
Single Thread – Healdsburg, CA – 3 Michelin Stars
Valette – Healdsburg, CA
The Farmhouse Inn and Spa – Forestville, CA – Michelin Star
Terrapin Creek – Bodega Bay, CA – Michelin Star
Willi’s Wine Bar – Santa Rosa, CA
K & L Bistro – Sebastopol, CA
Quattro Restaurant – East Palo Alto, CA
Wayfare Tavern – San Francisco, CA

Alquimista Cellars’ Greg La Follette on Wine for Normal People podcast

Hear Alquimista Cellars’ Partner and Winemaker Greg La FolletteGreg La Follette recount his long and windy path pursuing elusive Pinot perfection. “Alquimista’s wines are spectacular! Check them out!” – Elizabeth Schneider, Wine for Normal People podcast Wine For Normal People® translates wine into normal terms that you can relate to through an award-winning podcast, popular blog, and in acclaimed public speaking events.

How Lodi Zinfandels compare to some of California’s finest

Alquimista Cellars 2017 Ancient Lodi Zinfandel Surprises and Stands Out Even For Lodi Panelists Greg and Mara La Follette
Learn how our Jessie’s Grove 2017 Ancient Vine Zinfandel recently matched up against Lodi’s finest Zins and those from some of the most prestigious vineyards throughout California. If you have already experienced our ancient vine Zinfandel, you probably won’t be surprised.
jessies-grove-bottle-shot-shadow“This wine was a complete outlier that defied all expectations” Panelist Steve Eliot, Editor and Publisher Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines “One of my highlights because of its light color and Pinot noir-like bold cherry aromas and flavors” Audience participant and journalist Bob Highfill “One of my favorites. The fruit reminded me of a cherry candy with a good balance of acid/sweetness that lingered on the finish” Audience participant Natale Gagliardo, expert winemaker, Ironstone Vineyards “Pinot noir-like in its delicacy with a long, slightly dry finish,” Audience participant David Natali, enologist, Robert Biale Vineyards “The most ‘un-Zinfandel-like’ wine of the tasting; yet the luscious berry sensations, rounded tannin, moderate acidity on the palate made it very ‘Zinfandel,’ “ notes from a tasting panel consensus READ MORE HERE

Alquimista Cellars Scores Big at American Fine Wine Competition



Mendocino County 94 pts


Mendocino County Cuvée 93 pts


Mendocino County 94 pts


Russian River Valley 93 pts Alquimista Cellars’ wines have been awarded big scores at the recently completed American Fine Wine Competition, considered the most influential wine invitational in the nation. More than 700 wines from 200 wineries entered the three-day event held from January 19-21 at Florida International University in Miami. A 32-member judge panel included wine educators, restaurateurs, retailers, top sommeliers and journalists. For more information about our wines visit Our Wines For more about the competition visit American Fine Wine Competition
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