Far from the windswept coastal foothills of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery lies a land of elevated, quiet grace. Framed by chalky cliffs and planted to vines that are drenched in sun by day and chilled by the cover of night – this is the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, the home of NADIA.
It was on this stretch of remote earth that, several years ago, the Laetitia Vineyard & Winery team decided to take a chance. Owner Selim Zilkha asked himself and several others Could this be the place? And after tireless examination, the answer came back an unqualified yes. The soil, the sun, the altitude; every scrap of evidence announced definitively that Rhône and Bordeaux varietals would find their truest expression in such a place as this – and even rival the finest in the world.
With Lino Bozzano and Eric Hickey rising to the challenge in the vineyard and the cellar, respectively, thus was the concept of NADIA born: a limited collection of Rhône and Bordeaux-varietal wines whose sole purpose is to champion the secluded beauty and inexhaustible potential of the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard.
Armed with a top-shelf estate vineyard, a purpose, and one of the most collaborative vineyard and winemaking teams in the wine business, Lino and Eric went about the work of creating these special wines from the ground up – ground whose uncannily amenable growing conditions are fundamental to the depth, sophistication, intrigue and value of NADIA wines.
Such an ambitious undertaking cannot be named on a whim, without respect for and reflection on its character. A wine’s label must reveal the passionate hope and affection that its authors have poured into it. Selim knew this when setting out to designate this sister label to his beloved winery, Laetitia, and could think of only one name to capture the essence of such a treasured place: the name of his only daughter, NADIA, which translates to mean “hope” in Russian and “delicate” in Arabic.
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