2020 Collage Clarete  -Vinos Pijoan

Vinos Pijoan Estate 

Origin - Valle de Guadalupe, Ejido of El Porvenir in Baja California

Winemaker Silvana Pijoan (Mexican, lives in Valle de Guadalupe)

Vineyard locations, elevations and grape varieties:

- Valle de Guadalupe – Estate vineyards planted in 2002 by Pao Piojan, (Silvana’s father) on the northern side of the valley on a hill that faces southwest about 3 miles from the pacific. The elevation is 900 ft. Soil is a clay granite marl with small an enormous granite stones making up much of the substrate. The small vineyard occupies just 3 acres, is organically and sustainably farmed and is planted with Merlot, Syrah, Mision, Grenache, and Moscatello Giallo.

 - Valle de Guadalupe – Bibayoff vineyards located in the ejido of El Porvenir very close to the family estate. One of the most emblematic vineyards of the region, the Bibayoff property lies at a similar elevation to the Pijoan estate, has the same soil composition and is also organically farmed. Perched on the valley’s northern wall, it has slightly better access to fresh water and contains so of the oldest vines in the region many of which are dry farmed.

 - Valle de Guadalupe – Magoni-Jimenez ranch located in the ejido of Francisco Zarco further up valley and more central with slightly lower elevation and primarily sandy soils.

 - Valle de la Grulla – Santo Domingo vineyard, organically farmed in silty-sandy soils less than 2 miles from the Pacific at an elevation of 600ft.

 - Valle de San Vicente – Grapes are occasionally sourced from this valley from vineyards sites of friends as needed to supplement the production from their estate. Elevations vary but the soil type is sandy, as all of the vineyards in this valley are located right in the middle of the alluvial plane.

Story –

 - Family run winery that was started by Pao Pijoan in 2002. The estate has always had as its focus the creation of a project that is founded on a symbiotic relationship with the environment and local community. They have practiced organic viticulture since 2010, and, in addition to making organic wine, make a number of other spirits from a blend of herbs and flowers native to Baja.

 - As time goes on Silvana has been taking over the winery more and more with her vision of permaculture and implementation of practices that stimulate and support rather than deplete the land and other resources.


Total production: 14 wines, 3,500 cases

2020 Collage Clarete -Vinos Pijoan

  • Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:

    A mouthful of crunchy deliciousness, this is a light yet vivacious red that wants to be served chilled and consumed with good conversation. Fermented on ambient yeast and bottled unfiltered with no added sulfites, what’s in the bottle gives you a crystal clear window into essence of the grapes and the place they come from. Almost none of the minuscule production made it to the States this year, so it won’t be easy to find, but keep an eye out for it in successive vintages.

    110 cases made

    Drinking window: Upon release - 2 years


  • Vintage:


  • Blend:

    70% Grenache, 30% Chenin Blanc 

  • Producer:

    Vinos Pijoan 

  • Winemaker:

    Silvana Pijoan - Mexican, lives in Valle de Guadalupe

  • Vineyards:

     - Valle de la Grulla – Santo Domingo vineyard, organically farmed in silty-sandy soils less than 2 miles from the Pacific at an elevation of 600ft.


  • Winemaking:

    Grapes were harvested by hand from the Santo Domingo vineyard in Valle de la Grulla on the 31st of August, and pressed in their antique hand cranked Italian basket press. The juice was fermented on the skins in a stainless steel tank for 8 days. After the fermentation was complete they waited for 10 days for the wine to stabilize and then bottled it unfined and only grossly filtered.

    No sulfites added at any point in the process.

  • Farming:

    Organic, sustainable

  • Alcohol: