Baja California, Mexico
Grenache, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Fernanda is a Baja native who received her M.S. in enology, ampelology and viticulture after attending university in Montpellier, France. She started her wine career working at the lab at Tenuta Rapitala in Sicily and then worked as a cellar intern at Domaine La Criox Montjoie in Burgundy. Eventually she returned to work alongside Camillo Magoni as his assistant winemaker at the Magoni Estate. Pouya is a project that reflects the culmination of years of training and hard work combined with the desire to participate in the expression of her heritage and love for Baja's terroir. Fernanda sources from two vineyards in the Valle de Guadalupe: Bibayoff Estate planted in the 1950s by descendants of the Russian immigrants that were some of the first to establish vineyards in this region, these represent some of Valle's best Chenin Blanc plantings and Olegario Sandoval Vineyards planted in the 1950s, approximately 15 miles from the Pacific. The vines are old and gnarled in this dry farmed site that has the sandy soils needed to generate grapes with very little pigment in the skins. Fernanda is the brilliant winemaker and we are excited to see how Pouya continues to make great wines in the future.