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In 1883, C. H. Wente, a first-generation immigrant from Germany, purchased 47 acres in the Livermore Valley . Recognizing that the warm days, cool nights and gravelly soils of the Livermore Valley were ideal for growing grapes, he planted vines and founded Wente Vineyards. Over 130 years later, Wente Family Estates continue to be family owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generation Wente’s.
Riverbank Riesling is from the Arroyo Seco region which is within the Salinas Valley and the Monterey Appellation. Created by the flow of the Arroyo Seco river as it spills down from the Santa Lucia Mountains, this funnel-shaped region appears at the edge of steep slopes where the river has cut a deep ravine, forming an imposing riverbank. On the southern edge of this ravine, Riesling flourishes in the deep rocky soils.
The grapes were cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain their natural vibrancy and the wine then aged in stainless steel tanks.
“Harvested from our estate grown vineyards in Arroyo Seco Monterey, our Riverbank Riesling gracefully walks the line between the old-world Germanic style and the supple, fruit forward styles of the New World. Balancing the slight sweetness with ample acidity is the key to each vintage. We cold ferment this wine in stainless steel tanks to retain and express Riesling’s beautiful floral and tropical notes.”
- Karl D. Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker