CLOS DES AMIS WINES
Good grapes and friendly helpers are how many of us start on this winemaking journey we now call work, and so it is with Clos des Amis Wines. Loosely translated as “Circle of Friends” defining our beginning, we now passionately hunt down only Ventura County sourced grapes to craft our wines. We are “local terroirists” planting grapes in various boutique vineyards and finding revolutionary results. Ventura County has similar geographical attributes as Santa Barbara County, potentially making it a clandestine fine wine growing area. We have a passionate belief that Ventura County has what it takes in terms of climate and terroir to grow the grapes for world class wines.
Winemaker Bruce Freeman, working closely with Vineyard Developer Martin Ramirez, has spent many years and tears finding these sweet spots. Currently Bruce is working with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Riesling grapes from all over Ventura County. For our label, in recognition of the historical richness of Ventura County, Chumash Indian artifacts are depicted on the 2011 and 2012 vintages . Local rare and endangered wildlife, with references to hiking trails, will be depicted on the 2013 labels. Again, the localness drives the imagery. In addition, a percentage of proceeds from the sale of these wines go towards educational programs at the Museum of Ventura County and the local efforts of the Nature Conservancy.