Gina Hildebrand is a true inspiration both as a farmer and a winemaker. Having grown up on a Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard in the Sierra Foothills, she learned early about the very best way to farm the land with an emphasis on soil health and biodiversity. She has brought this knowledge to her day job in the Edna Valley along California’s Central Coast, converting several vineyards in the region to biodynamic practices.
Lady of the Sunshine is her vehicle to express the terroir of the vineyards she farms and others to show the point of difference that comes from wines made from responsibly farmed, organic grapes. Her winemaking tutelage started while studying for her bachelor of science degree in Wine and Viticulture and then grew as she went to work in some of the world’s best winemaking regions (Beaujolais, Central Otago, Willamette Valley, Napa). The cuvee she made for Companion is a love letter to the Edna Valley that we hope she’ll make for us for years to come.