Indulgence Begins in the Vineyard
"Diora is a lavishly made Pinot Noir with a style all its own: rich and opulent, a robust palate of dark fruit flavors, and a long, memorable finish. Inspired by the golden hills that frame our San Bernabe Vineyard at the base of the Santa Lucia mountains, Diora is adopted from the French term "d'or", meaning golden. This wine is worthy of the name."
- James Ewart, Winemaker
At Diora, indulgence indeed begins in the vineyard.
Diora is the culmination of a thirty year vineyard-to-bottle journey at the Santa Lucia Highlands and our family-owned San Bernabe estate in Monterey. Specific blocks at San Bernabe were replanted in the early 1990’s specifically to catch the vigorous afternoon winds that thicken the delicate Pinot Noir skins, lending extra layers of color, tannins and structure to the ripe red fruit flavors in the wine. The balance of the blend – about half – was grown in the esteemed Santa Lucia Highlands at elevated sites that produce Pinot Noir with opulent ripe black fruit flavors, underlying structure and mouth-coating texture.
In 2000, Diora winemaker James Ewart journeyed from Australia wine country to San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey. He never left.
James was intrigued by the famed vineyard’s outstanding viticultural diversity. Here, the varying terroir spaces within the same vineyard allows the distinct and delicate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones to thrive, each bearing a unique expression of these renowned grapes.
James grew up making wine at his father’s side and is one of very few winemakers to complete a graduate degree in viticulture, following an undergraduate degree in geology and chemistry. This gives James a deeper understanding of soils - an excellent perspective to have when selecting locations to achieve the richness and vibrancy for the wines of Diora.
For Ewart, sustainable practices are paramount to quality winemaking. His philosophy is to enrich, not change, what the land expresses, respecting the balance and harmony that come when the right grape is planted in the right place.