Clay Station is one of the brands of DFV Wines. DFV Wines, located east of San Francisco, started out as Delicato Family Vineyards more than 80 years ago when Garpare Indelicato emigrated to California from Campobello in Italy and began growing grapes like his father, grandfather and several generations before him had done.
Today third-generation family members Chris and Jay Indelicato run the business, which includes vineyard estates across some of the top regions of California, such as San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey and Clay Station in the foothills in Lodi. DFV Wines grows everything from Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Sirah and Shiraz to Chardonnay, Viognier, and Pinot Grigio and markets its wines under a clutch of brands, including Delicato, Gnarly Head, Twisted and Irony.
It is the company’s philosophy to dedicate itself to environmentally sensitive and economically sustainable business practices and their ultimate goal is to farm with as little impact on the environment as possible and to ensure a healthy life cycle for all of the inhabitants of the vineyard. In fact, under the Indelicato family’s stewardship, the San Bernabe Vineyard now has a natural habitat that didn’t exist before and has become home to a wide range of creatures including wild boar, coyotes, badgers, deer, mountain lions, eagles, hawks, falcons, roadrunners, ducks and a variety of fish. Furthermore, viticulturists at San Bernabe and Clay Station vineyards have developed specially designed owl nesting boxes. These nocturnal predators hunt down and consume pesky rodents that damage tender young vines.
California is a young wine growing area that has grown up fast. Its greatest attributes stem from diversity and flexibility in both climatic and political terms, both of which are duly reflected in the wide range of wine styles that are produced. Furthermore, the two-tier producer composition of trend and value sensitive wine companies working alongside a vast community of passionate artisanal vintners makes California a reactive and innovative wine-producing region with a very bright future.
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