Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Gina Giugni is a second generation biodynamic farmer and winemaker. Gina started Lady of the Sunshine in 2017, with a focus on regenerative, organic, and biodynamic farming in pursuit of making natural wines that reflect the purity of the place they come from.
The one acre of Wente clone Chardonnay yielded 3 tons to the acre and was picked the first week of September. The grapes were foot crushed and soaked on the skins overnight before being whole bunch pressed the next morning. The juice was collected and barreled down to ferment with native yeast in neutral oak barrels. The fermentation was encouraged to keep warm by soaking in the sun throughout the duration of the fermentation before going dry. The wine aged on its lees for 10 months before being racked for the first time to bottle, without filtration.