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Just before California’s governor ordered a shelter-in-place regulation statewide, we visited Fortunati Vineyards’ new tasting room in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley, with owners Ellen Reich Luchtel and Gary Luchtel. [EP37]
Derived from the Italian pronunciation of “Lucky” and the owner’s last name “Luchtel”, [say “For-too-not-ee”], we were fortunate enough (pun intended) to taste through a few of Fortunati’s ten, award-winning wines with Ellen and Gary during the show, as well as learn the history of their micro-winery.
You’ll have to tune in to hear the whole story, but neither Ellen nor Gary grew up in wine industry families. In fact, they never expected to become winery and vineyard owners. But we’re getting ahead of the story, which begins when they met in college. Gary used to bring Ellen wines wrapped in brown paper bags for blind tastings. Talk about pressure! But it looks like it all worked out some 30-plus years later…
When Ellen and Gary first moved to their Oak Knoll property to plant a vineyard more than fifteen years ago, they had no plans to build a winery. Like many, they’d grown grapes for other producers for many years while Gary made wine for their own personal consumption. But with Ellen’s marketing expertise, it wasn’t too long before their brand launched with minimal case production and has since grown exponentially with word-of-mouth about these stunning, elegant wines and personable hospitality.
Fortunati focuses on natural farming and winemaking techniques […]
We sat down with Founder and Executive Director Colby Smith of CANVAS (Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma) at Fortunati Vineyards’ new tasting room in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley.
Having served the hospitality industry now for more than a decade, the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma, CANVAS, is a dynamic organization comprised of outstanding leaders in the hospitality community. CANVAS Members continually provide guests to Napa and Sonoma with the best possible experiences. Colby is proud to have such dedicated and loyal individuals participating in the programs facilitated by CANVAS that benefit the local Community.
We learned of the natural tie in to the Napa/Sonoma wine community as these Professional Recommenders are also the voice of CANVAS – The Experience Magazine (Canvassing Wine Country). The magazine presents a fresh and unprecedented approach to discovering and telling stories about personalities, innovators, creators, wineries, destinations and businesses that woven together create the fabric of wine country. With this innovative and inquisitive editorial mission the voice, style and access of the magazine is unlike any prior wine country publication. (And conveniently and unsurprisingly, it is overseen by our very own Lisa Adams Walter, as editor of the magazine.)
Colby herself has been quite the fixture in Napa Valley for more than a decade. She moved to Napa Valley in 2005, where she immediately embraced the hospitality community by becoming a Concierge at Villagio Inn & Spa. (Now Hotel Villagio.) […]