The Las Nubes winery is a relative newcomer to the Valle de Guadalupe region, founded just a handful of years ago in 2008 by enologist Victor Segura and his partners. Dedicated to producing outstanding and memorable wine for a reasonable cost, Las Nubes, "The Clouds", offers sweeping valley views and remarkable wine.
Although he began making wine casually with friends, Victor soon realized that he felt a passion and commitment to the vines which inspired him to further develop his own skills and expand the project. He took classes in enology at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and began to work on his own vision.
Over the past three years, thirty hectares of Las Nubes land located a mile west of El Porvenir have been planted with a wide array of high quality wine grapes and also Manzanilla olives. They reserve part of their vineyard for experimental vines including: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Vidal Blanc y Viognier, Barbera, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit verdot, Petite Syrah, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tannat y Zinfandel. These experimental vines may lead to new wines by Las Nubes.
The wine production facility and wine cellar have swiftly taken form and are now complete ~ featuring a beautiful building with thick stone walls that reminds one a little bit of a Tuscan farmhouse and elegant fields extending into the horizon. The stones creating its walls were actually drawn from the land upon which it was built!
All grapevines have been carefully placed on rootstock in order to preserve their quality and health. From the moment when harvest ends in the Fall the owners throw themselves into careful management of the land and vines, believing that Winter is a key season for their plants during which time the vines rest and prepare to bring forth more abundance. The grapes are dry farmed... water is collected and stored in a reservoir during the colder months and then utilized throughout the year.
Mature grapes are harvested by hand with scissors and then carefully transported in plastic boxes to the on-site processing facility, where gravity is used to propel the grapes from one part of the de-stemming, sorting, pressing, fermenting process to the next. All aspects of wine production are closely supervised by Victor Segura and his enologist partner Thomas Eggli.
Las Nubes' wine is aged up to two years, and are known for their fruitiness and excellent balance of sugar and acidity. Wines currently available for purchase include Nimbus, Cumulus and Nebbiolo, all named after cloud formations, Kuiiy and Selección de Barricas. Nimbus is a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; Cumulus is a unique wine created from older vine Carignan, Grenache and Tempranillo grapes purchased from other growers; Nebbiolo speaks for itself. Kuiiy, meaning "cloud", is a dry floral Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc blend that Victor created specifically to pair beautifully with seafood. The latest addition, Selección de Barricas is a young, red blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache and Syrah.
Victor Segura's technological savvy brings something very special to the Las Nubes project. Since the inception of the winery, Segura has kept a blog about the process of making wine and constructing their beautiful new production facilities. He is also active on social networking forums and has even introduced an innovative concept into Valle de Guadalupe winemaking - a special club membership formed with the desire to continue to expand the local industry.
Visitors to the winery or its online website who join the Las Nubes wine club will be glad to know that a portion of proceeds from each one of their purchases will go directly back into the vineyards and producers that are working so hard to create sustainably produced Mexican wines. At present the club supports Las Nubes but Segura intends to add many other local producers who share his same environmental and community values.
Despite their relatively new entrance into the Mexican wine market, Las Nubes wines have already made a splash and been described as an outstanding value. Visitors to the new facility (and soon, its wine tasting room and store!) will be charmed by its Mediterranean feel and the great love that so obviously goes into producing these exciting new blends.
Sources: Victor Segura from Las Nubes, Las Nubes Website, Buena Vida Website