The Vena Cava Estate
Vena Cava is a boutique winery founded in 2005 by Phil and Eileen Gregory under the principles of passion and quality over quantity. While they didn’t start with the intention of making “natural” wines, the more they learned the more this seemed the only interesting route forward. Today they are among the standouts of wineries in Mexico that are making exceptional wines in a “natural” style. While the estate makes wines that are strictly natural and others that are organic and noninterventionalist (yet still apply some conventional techniques), we offer only their purely natural wines.
- All Vena Cava wines in Patrick Neri Selections are made with organic grapes, fermented with native yeast, see no corrections, fining or additives and are bottled unfiltered with only a minimal amount of sulfites.
- While Vena Cava has it’s own estate vineyards, they have focused their business model on creating deep relationships with the best growers and the best vineyard sites such that, today, only 10% of their wines come from their estate owned grapes.
Vineyard locations, elevations and grape varieties –
-In addition to their 9.8 acres of estate vineyards located next to the winery in Valle de Guadalupe, they source their grapes from a number of select sites in Valle de Ojos Negros, Valle de San Vicente and Valle de Santo Tomás. All are organically farmed.
Total production: 10 regular wines and 10 “experimental” wines that change occasionally from vintage to vintage, 1,200 cases
2019 Natural Grenache - Vena Cava
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
This wine has one of the most expressive aromatics one is likely to find anywhere and for a red wine from Valle de Guadalupe it just might take the number one slot. What exactly is going on in it is challenging to tease out as you are likely to never have encountered anything like it. As profound as it is on the nose, the wine is extremely light in color and resembles something more like a Nebbiolo from piedmont in appearance.
In the mouth the wine is equally astounding with a range of flavors that dazzle the mind and delight the tongue. Light in body but complex in flavor this resembles something of a cross between a top-flight Beaujolais, clos level burgundy and a Chateau Rayas. Incredible.
40 cases made
Drinking window: upon release - 4 years
Phil Gregory - British lives in Mexico
Valle de San Vicente - vines have an average age of 20 years in a vineyard site of 10 hectars. Soil is rich in clay and lies at an elevation of 600 ft.
The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Sulfites: no sulfites are added at any point during the process.
Organic, natural, sustainable