Barrel Tasting all March long!

Barrel tasting continues at Ektimo Vineyards all month long.  We have been receiving magnificent reviews for our futures offerings, and both our Russian River Pinot Noir and Dry Creek Zinfandel are extremely limited.  Less than 200 cases of each, and for a limited time up to 50% off regular price on these incredible wines.  Get yours now.  Call us at 707-827-3008, email sales@ektimowines.com, or come on by in person to sample the wines and secure your supply.

Winter Wineland + Winery Happenings!

Greetings to all of our readers! We hope you are keeping warm this winter. We are doing our best over here at Ektimo but lately we’ve been having to break out the Gore-Tex more often than the Down! Sonoma County has experienced a total of 10.87 inches of rain this month of January alone which is a TON considering that in 2015 our total rainfall for the entire year was just 12.09 inches! And while the floods have been pretty wild, it does feel good to be out of the drought.

Even with all of the rain, January has been good to us and we had a ball last weekend participating in Wine Road’s 6th Annual Winter Wineland event. What a fun way to take our minds off of the winter blues and to come together for a glass (or shall I say, a few glasses) of wine!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

January also brought news of the results from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in which Ektimo received fantastic results including three Gold medals and one Silver! Huge thanks and congrats to our wonderful winemaker, Lisa, and her team Zac, Silvano & Ivan! The results are as follows:

2013 Russian River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold

2014 Russian River Valley Zinfandel – Gold

2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Gold

2015 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc – Silver

Coming up in February, we have our first Wine Club release of 2017! If you are not already a member, feel free to sign up any time to receive our bi-annual shipments at 20% off and special accommodations upon visiting the winery!

Stay tuned for more updates as we gear up for a fun event season – kicking off on February 11th for our annual Sweet 116 Event with Taste Route 116! Ticket purchase includes a hand painted wine glass by local artists, wine tastings at all 12 participating wineries, and a bite to eat at each! See tasteroute116.com for more details & ticket sales.

Happy Holidays!

Greetings from Ektimo!

We hope you are all having a beautiful December! Here in Sonoma County we are gearing up for winter as the temperatures drop and the rain comes to visit a little more frequently… Nonetheless, there is never a bad time to visit Sonoma as its beauty boasts something unique no matter the time of year – and we have some fun events planned for the coming months! Join us and and WINE ROAD for the 25th Anniversary of Winter WINEland the weekend of January 14 & 15. Each winery will be showcasing a selection of vintages, varietals or verticals to make for a one of a kind experience along with cozy winter decorations and fun vibes all around! More event information and ticket sales can be found on the Wine Road website.

On February 11th, our beloved Taste Route 116 will be hosting its annual Sweet 116 to celebrate Valentine’s Day where participating wineries will offer yummy bites and treats to go with a selection of featured wines! You do not want to miss out on this event! More information can be found on the Taste Route 116 website or see our “Events” Page.

Wishing everyone a warm and lovely holiday! Just a reminder that Ektimo will be closed December 24-26. We’ll see you when we get back, but in the meantime, we’ll leave you with some photos from recent happenings in the tasting room including our Wine Club Appreciation Day!


2016 Wine and Food Affair November 5th & 6th

*Ektimo invites you to join them at the 2016 Wine & Food Affair *

Join Ektimo and fellow Wine Road wineries for a fun-filled weekend in the Dry Creek, Alexander, and Russian River Valleys November 5th & 6th!

Each participating winery will offer a favorite winery recipe available online, which they will offer both days of the event to pair with one of their favorite wines! This year, Ektimo will be offering Bratwurst Slider Sandwiches to pair with our award winning 2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel! Stop on in for a wine tasting and the perfect food pairing – it is sure to be a fun-filled weekend! Tickets for the event may be purchased online via the Wine Road Website.

https://www.wineroad.com/events/wine-food-affair/

Here, you can also find out more about other participating wineries, what recipes each location will be offering, and various program details. Wishing everyone a happy fall and we look forward to seeing you here! Ektimo’s outdoor picnic area is the perfect setting for relaxing with a glass of wine and a small bite! We’ll have everything here waiting for you!img-tasting img_2345

Winding Down!

Happy October from everyone here at Ektimo Vineyards! We are enjoying these crisp mornings and are definitely excited to announce things are finally starting to calm down a bit here in the cellar! This year’s harvest has been busy but the fruit is absolutely fantastic and we are so excited for the wines to come out of this 2016 vintage!! Between the perfect weather we had during harvest and the moderate yield from the vines – we are getting some big, vibrant fruit flavors that will make for a really authentic expression of the grapes in this year’s vintage.

Shout out to our amazing winemaking crew – Lisa, Zac, Ray & Ivan for working countless hours this season (and it’s still not quite over). You guys are what makes this place tick  and we don’t know where we’d be without you!
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100 Tons and counting…!

Hello from harvest! The clan has been busy, busy here as today we have officially hit 100 tons of fruit and counting! And we’re nowhere near done… Between our custom crush clients and our own grapes, the crew will be working nonstop processing grapes for another couple of weeks. Be sure to stop by the winery and have a look at all of the excitement! On the upside, however, all of these punchdowns are paying off – take a look for yourselves! (Sorry everyone, they’re all taken…)

musclesIn the meantime… make sure you are following us on social media @ektimovineyards to stay in on the action as we continue with this year’s harvest season!

Fall is coming!

Happy September from Ektimo Vineyards! It was a bit cooler than usual this August so although we got a tiny glance at harvest a few weeks ago, we’ve all been anxiously waiting to make our next move. And while I am so happy to have had all of my winemaking friends at my disposal for a few extra weekends, I think everyone is ready for things to get started!

In the meantime, we’ve been keeping busy with company bbqs, tour groups and events! Big shout out to Getaway Adventures for stopping by with some stellar people this past Saturday! We had a blast. Here are a few shots of what’s been going on here at Ektimo… Happy Labor Day Weekend!
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A lovely bunch enjoying some #roseallday in the Saturday Sun! (Left)

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Meet some of our winemaking team! (Right) Clockwise from left: Silvano, Cellarhand; Ivan, Enologist; Zac, Cellar Master; Uncle, General Manager; Ray, Cellarhand

The fruit is here!

Hi all, greetings from Ektimo Vineyards!

This past weekend we received our first load of fruit for Ross Road Custom Crush and boy was it tasty! The first grapes to come in were Sauvignon Blanc and we are very excited to get this season started. Stop by the winery to get in on the action with an insider’s look at this season’s crush! Between the press, tanks and barrels we welcome you to join us for what is guaranteed to be a unique and educational experience. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few photos of our goofy staff and custom crush clients having fun on the job last week!

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*Reminder: This Saturday, August 20th, we will be closed from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for a private event.

Interested in planning your next event with us at Ektimo? Our ample outdoor area is perfect for events outside as we gear up for everyone’s favorite fall season! Contact the winery for details. 211

Grapes on their way!

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We are so excited to receive our first grapes this coming Sunday for one of our custom crush clients! This year seems to be a smaller crop than average – but not to worry. Smaller crops and smaller grapes yield fruit that is more highly concentrated so the quantity may not be there, but the quality sure is. Expect plenty of yummy wines coming your way from Ektimo’s 2016 vintage. Be on the lookout next week for behind-the-scenes photos from our winery as we begin to document the fruits of this year’s harvest!

In the area? Now is the best time to visit as the wineries gear up for the busiest time of the year! Get in on the action here at Ektimo where you can take a peak at what’s going on inside the winery and then enjoy a glass of wine on our patio under our brand new umbrellas!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ektimo Team

Wine Enthusiast Ratings

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We have recently received ratings from Wine Enthusiast! We sent 3 wines: 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. We are happy to announce that both the Russian River Valley Chardonnay and the Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel were rated at 90 points or higher! This just adds to the numerous accolades that have been awarded to both the Chardonnay and Dry Creek Zinfandels, which have both won a Gold Medal. Though we may be new, our wine is being seen as equal or better to the wines that have been around for ages.