Over the past few decades, night harvesting has been embraced as the best way to harvest wine grapes. Many of the finest wineries in the world practice this method, including Ceja Vineyards! Here are a few reasons why we've decided to take on this method:
BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS FOR THE VINEYARD CREW
Let's be real, picking grapes by hand is back breaking work. All of our grapes are picked strictly by hand, making it extremely hard, meticulous work.
Although the Carneros agricultural zone may get cold at night, the days can be very warm, and our vineyard management crew quickly realized the benefits of not laboring through hot, sunny days. Pickers were able to work faster and more efficiently.
IT PRESERVES THE PURITY OF THE FRUIT
Keeping grapes cold protects the delicate flavors, skins and pulp. Heat can “cook” fruit destroying important acidity and softening pulp so the fruit tastes “flabby.” By picking when fruit is chilled, the grapes remain clean and fresh. You can taste the difference in the juice even before it’s made into wine.
IT MAXIMIZES WINERY EFFICIENCY
Interestingly, picking the grapes when they’re cold saves energy, because they don’t have to be mechanically pre-chilled before they’re crushed.
IT SHOWCASES BALANCED FRUIT FLAVORS
Cold temperatures keep acidity higher, minimize phenolic extraction of the skins and keep astringency in check. Warmth also changes the sugar composition of grapes, and can promote undesirable wild yeast fermentation. Higher sugar levels lead to the higher alcohols that Ceja avoids. By picking chilled, the resulting wine is fruit-forward but elegantly balanced, showcasing stone fruit nuances and vibrant acidity. Balance is key!
Please enjoy some raw night footage of our Ceja Vineyards harvest during previous years!
Like two peas in a pod, Belén Ceja Rivera and I are cousins (more like sisters + my best friend!) and is the daughter of our chief winemaker, Armando Ceja. We grew up together and have shared life to the fullest in every imaginable way. I am thrilled to share that she is our amazing assistant winemaker at Ceja Vineyards! I also might add that she is my honorary Matron of Honor in my upcoming wedding in a few weeks (YAY!). She graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in enology and is paving the way for other inspiring Latina winemakers in Sonoma Valley. I'm so proud of her and her determination to make quality wines. Talk about a kick butt new force in the wine industry!
My passions and contributions have led me to oversee the marketing and sales side of our business. Together, as the next generation in wine, we are determined to ispire other women in the wine industry by being examples that if you follow your passions anything is possible with an education, focus, a vision and hard work. Thank you for following us on this beautiful journey - this is only the beginning!
P.S. Stay tuned for more upcoming 2018 harvest updates and shop our new wine releases today. x
Summer In a Glass!
We are delighted to share our newest vintages to the Ceja portfolio! Introducing our: 2016 Chardonnay, 2017 Bella Flor Rosé and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc -- the perfect compliments to the warm summer months paired with your favorite dishes!
2016 Estate Chardonnay | Napa Valley - Carneros
Crisp, clean and refreshing, this is one of our signature white wines! Our Chardonnay opens with bright apple, citrus blossom and honeysuckle aromatics followed by notes of lightly toasted hazelnuts. Rounded and silky on the palate, flavors of pear, white peach and citrus are underscored by juicy fruit and mouthwatering acidity. Subtle toasted oak notes add spice and richness to the long, focused finish.
2017 Bella Flor Rosé of Syrah | Sonoma Coast
Yes way rosé! Our Bella Flor (beautiful flower) rosé is elegant and cheerful with vibrant aromas of rose petals and subtle hints of strawberry and berry. Bursts of fresh pomegranate and deep raspberry drive the palate. These flavors are balanced with a silky mouthfeel and uplifting acidity.
2016 Sauvignon Blanc | Sonoma Coast
My definition of the ultimate "patio pounder." The last few weeks in Napa and Sonoma Valley has reached a scorching between 80-90 degrees and this has been one of my go to wines to refresh the palate. Our Sauvignon Blanc highlights a classic profile of citrus blossom, tropical notes and green apple aromas. Crisp on the palate with layers of tropical fruit, lime zest and a creamy texture.
Browse our entire wine shop today and stock your cellars with our newest wine releases. Happy summer sipping amigos!
Dance Papi and the Napa Valley Opera House present “Salsa Con Vino (Vol. 3),” a lively celebration of dance, music and wine on Saturday, July 21st. This community dance event includes live salsa and timba music by Rumbaché, salsa lessons by Nick and Serena and DJ Walt Digz to keep things hot on the dance floor.
7:30 pm | Doors Open
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm | Salsa Lesson by Nick & Serena
8:45 pm - 10:45 pm | Live Salsa & Timba Music by Rumbaché
11:00 pm - 12:30 am | DJ Walt Digz
$20 in advance online
$25 at the door
Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
21+ with ID
Wine, Beer & Cocktails Available for Purchase
Dress: Casual & Mature
No Baseball Hats or Sports Jerseys
Live Salsa & Timba Music by Rumbaché:
Rumbaché has established themselves as one of the hottest Bay Area Salsa Bands! Fusing salsa, timba, bomba, funk and whatever else they can find to spice up the mood, they provide a hard hitting style of playing. And while you can hear them interpreting the classic and contemporary Cuban and Salsa repertoire, they are not shy with their own expression, as evidenced by their hit debut CD “Llego La Fiesta”, released in April of 2011. Rumbaché is the voice of youth for San Francisco's Salsa & Timba scene, and ignites enthusiasm in dancers and musical connoisseurs alike.
Salsa Lessons by Nick & Serena:
Nicholas Van Eyck and Serena Wong are the founders and directors of Salsa Vale Todo: the premier Bay Area Cuban salsa dance group. Dancing professionally since 2000, this dynamic duo have taught and performed at salsa congresses, festivals and cruises throughout the US and internationally. Nick and Serena are also the organizers of the famed San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival that takes place every February and the historic Hotel Whitcomb.
DJ Walt Digz:
For over a decade DJ Walt Digz has been one of the most requested salsa, timba and reggaeton DJs in Northern California. Walt Digz’s great song selections, mixing skills and ability to elevate the mood of any dance venue keeps him in heavy rotation at numerous Bay Area clubs and dance festivals.
About the Winery Partners:
- Ceja Vineyards is an ultra-premium Latino family owned winery founded by Amelia, Pedro, Armando and Martha Ceja – first generation Mexican-American winegrowers in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
- Campesino Cellars produces Rhone style wines from select single vineyards in California. Their wines are not only a reflection of those who tend the vineyards, but they also express the qualities inherited from their site specific locations.
- Mi Sueño, which translates to "my dream," is a micro-production winery that produces high-end wines from both the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Founded in 1997 by Mexican immigrant Rolando Herrera, it has grown from 200 cases of Chardonnay annually to its current production of approximately 8,000 cases.
- Robledo Family Winery produces a diversified portfolio of ultra-premium wines from Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties. A member of the Robledo family is on hand to greet you as you enter their tasting room and will proudly share their family's’ journey to achieving the “True American Dream”.
- Maldonado Family Vineyards is a small-production winery located in Calistoga, a beautifully quaint town in the Napa Valley. In 1961 Lupe Maldonado moved to California from the small farming community of Atacheo, Michoacan, Mexico. In 1998, Lupe bought and developed a 10-acre vineyard in Napa. His son Hugo, a graduate in Viticulture and Enology from the UC Davis, now oversees the making of their limited production wines.
About the Promoter:
Dance Papi is the best place on the web to learn salsa and hand percussion online for free. Like Dance Papi's facebook page for updates on future events: facebook.com/dancepapi
Introducing our 2017 Bella Flor Rosé of Syrah. Step into summertime while sipping on our crisp, refreshing + elegant rosé! I just got back from my bachelorette in Playa Del Carmen and this rosé was made for the beach, porch sipping, poolside enjoyment AND pairs perfectly with seafood/spicy dishes. Yes, please!
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Join Ceja Vineyards for our 17th anniversary fiesta and lobster feast! Dine al fresco in the middle of our gorgeous Chardonnay vineyard. Enjoy tinga de res (shredded beef) tostada appetizers, play in a bocce tournament and dance under the stars with music provided by our resident DJ + more!
This is event is for attendees 21 years old and over.
Email email@example.com for more information or call (707) 255-3954.
Wine Club members enjoy discounted tickets, great deals on wines and more fun events like this one. Join our Wine Club family today!
Exciting week! We bottled a variety of Ceja wines and are delighted to share with you these balanced, approachable and food friendly new vintages. Take a peek behind the scenes and what goes into bottling. Each wine was perfectly handcrafted by our winemaking team, Armando and Belen Ceja. Stay tuned for each new wine release over the next few months. Salud!
Coming Soon | New Wine Releases
2016 Reserva Carneros Chardonnay
2016 Vino de Casa White Blend (Arneis & Chardonnay blend)
2017 Bella Flor Rosé
2016 Carneros Pinot Noir
2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
P.S. Which one are you excited to try?!
America The Great Cookbook | Holiday Gift Idea!
We are honored to be included in it! What is American food? America The Great Cookbook's editor Joe Yonan of the Washington Post says, "American food is native food, and it is immigrant food.” Please read Diane Peterson's wonderful write-up on the Press Democrat highlighting Amelia Ceja's Chilaquiles and Coconut Oatmeal recipes. Recipe book raises funds for the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. It's the ideal gift paired with Ceja wine for all foodies and winos this holiday season!
For your holiday needs, we invite you to share the love with a gift of Ceja Vineyards estate grown wines – they make every occasion memorable. Purchase online today! With warmest wishes for the holiday season and gratitude for your support throughout the year.
We’re touched by the outpouring of concern, well wishes and support we’ve received over the past 10 days. We’re fortunate our family and our Ceja team members and their families are safe and our properties were not affected by the wildfires. We extend our deepest appreciation to the brave firefighters, first responders and community members for their tireless efforts.
We’re pleased to announce our wine tasting salon in Sonoma will reopen tomorrow, October 20th, at 11:00am. We encourage you to visit us to enjoy our delicious wines and legendary hospitality and please also support our wine country community in the Napa and Sonoma counties.
In a continued effort to raise funds to support all those impacted by these tragic fires, Ceja Vineyards will be donating 25% of online wine sales from October 19th to October 31th, to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the Sonoma County Community Foundation Resilience Fund.
We’re grateful for your friendship and loyalty and we look forward to hosting you in our beautiful valleys soon! Wine country welcomes you back!
Amelia Morán Ceja, President
Dear Friends & Family of our Wine Country Community,
On behalf of the whole Ceja Vineyards team, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastating North Bay wildfires. Thank you so much for your encouraging messages over the past three days. Your words of concern and kindness have been beyond heart-warming for us during this difficult time.
We are relieved and thankful to share with you that our team and families are safe. Our buildings and vineyards have also been miraculously spared.
The news throughout our beloved wine valleys is heartbreaking. We are incredibly grateful to the brave firefighters and first responders working day and night to keep us and our loved ones safe.
Ceja Vineyards is regrouping and we will be announcing a benefit soon to support those affected when the ash settles.
If you’d like to help, please consider donating to organizations that are on the ground working tirelessly to support those affected. Some include:
100% of your donations will go directly to assist those affected by the fires.
Thank you again for your support, compassion, and kindness.
The Ceja Vineyards Team