The original vineyard and winery were started in 1856 by a Frenchman named Adolph Siot, who later sold the successful winery to Joe Rotta in 1908. In the 1920s, Rotta then sold it to his brother Clement Rotta, who bonded the winery after Prohibition in the 1930s and forged the name “Rotta”.
Today, the Rotta label and winery are being revived by one of their grandsons, Michael Giubbini, who remembers long, happy days of working in the vineyard as a child when he visited his grandparents from his home in Menlo Park. He fell in love with the area, so after graduating from high school, he attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has been here ever since.
The 20-acre Rotta estate vineyard has 15 acres in Zinfandel and five in Cabernet Sauvignon. In reviving the Rotta Winery label, Giubbini is also re-establishing a link with history by working with Winemaker Steve Pesenti, whose grandparents and parents were neighbors of Giubbini's. For now the Rotta label is focusing on red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Black Monukka– a dessert wine, Zinfandel Port, but white wines will also be appearing on the list as well. All of the fruit for the label will be sourced from local vineyards, especially those from the Westside. Both Giubbini and Pesenti are strong believers in the potential of the Paso Robles area, and particularly the Templeton region where their ancestors farmed.
"We want the Rotta wines to reflect the high quality of our old vines and reflect the unique nature of our soils," said Giubbini.
Rotta Muscat Canelli
This wine is light, crisp with an attractive nose of tropical fruits and peaches. A perfect sipping wine for hot weather and parties. A must try for everyone.
This wine is an ideal accompaniment to white meats, summer salad with pears, walnuts and blue cheese, or an apple tart.
The wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for 2-3 years.
UPC #: 890400001185
This Merlot has ripe fruit and berry aromas, a soft, yet full body with a very smooth finish.
This wine is an ideal accompaniment to meats, grilled vegetables, and creamy flavored cheeses, like Brie, Blue and Cheddar.
The wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for 3-5 years.
UPC #: 890400001215
Rotta Black Monukka Dessert Sherry
This sherry is a unique, hand crafted wine that has become a signature product from the Rotta winery. It is smooth and sweet on the pallet, with distinctive caramel, nutty and vanilla flavors and scents.
The wine is an ideal accompaniment to panna cotta, crème caramel and var roasts, grilled beef and hearty pasta dishes.
Enjoy the wine now or cellar for the next 15 years.
UPC #: 890400001130
Awards and Ratings:
* 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Gold Medal, Best of Class
* 2007 West Coast Wine Competition – Double Gold Medal’
* 2007 Orange County Fair – Gold Medal
* 2007 Lone Star Wine Competition – Gold, Grand Star Award