Dashe Cellars is a family-owned, artisan winery in the heart of the Urban Wine Country. Originally in Oakland’s Jack London Square, they moved to Spirits Alley on an old Naval Airbase in Alameda, California. Founded by husband-wife team of Michael and Anne Dashe, they focus on producing exceptional, single-vineyard wines using a traditional, non-industrial approach to winemaking. They are committed to creating wines that reflect the unique soil, climate and regional characteristics of their vineyards.
Made using a technique called “carbonic maceration.” About 10% of the grapes are pitchforked into the tank as whole clusters. They do not crush the remaining grapes, instead letting whole berries fill the tank. Fermentation is conducted using native yeasts and grapes. Then the wine is racked into a giant 900-gallon French oak barrel, where it is aged four or five months.