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St. Amant Winery

1 Winemaster Way, Suite I, Lodi, CA 95240-0860
+1 209-367-0646
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Best Barbera

First visited St Amant probably 15 years ago and keep going back when in the Lodi area. They have... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
Well worth the effort to find them

We spent part of a great afternoon at the winery last Friday. Winery is a bit hard to find, but... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Spokane, Washington
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In 1970, Tim and Barbara St. Amant Spencer purchased 43 acres in the Jackson Valley of Amador County and decided to plant Zinfandel. As Tim began to fall in love with Port wine, he contacted UC Davis to see what Portuguese varieties were available to plant in California. Those first Portuguese grapes ripened in the fall of 1981, and were sold to a now defunct winery named JW Morris. Shortly after harvest, Tim received a tip that the winery was going to file for bankruptcy, leaving us holding the bag. He quickly realized that selling wine bottle by bottle was preferable to going broke, and so he set out in his pickup truck to reclaim whatever wine was decent. Arriving at a nearly deserted warehouse Tim discovered 300 gallons of young port wine from our Amador County vineyard. He colorfully instructed the reluctant cellar worker to load that wine in his pickup, and thus, St. Amant Winery was born. That first wine, our 1981 Vintage Port, was a hit and still stands as a testament to all that is possible with these unique varieties in our vineyard. By the late 80's the white Zinfandel craze took off and we had several very profitable years selling grapes. This provided us the resources to open our own winery, where we could control every aspect of production from crushing to bottling. We opened our winery in 1990 in French Camp, CA. This was not wine country, and at a time when Americans were just getting comfortable with the French varietal wines, we were focused on Portuguese varieties, port-styled wines, and other obscure wines! 1996 marked a dark year in our history. Our vineyard was dying of phyloxera, and when you are a vertically integrated winery, growing your own grapes, and making your own wine, and your vineyard dies - you've got a problem. At this point, Tim worked out a deal with the Lodi Winegrape Commission - if a grower brought us 2 tons of grapes, we would make the wine, and give them 25 cases, and keep the balance for ourselves. We had numerous growers take us up on the offer, and then one day Jerry Fry showed up with 7 tons of beautiful Old Vine Zinfandel grapes. Tim didn't know what to do. We didn't have the money to pay for the grapes, and we had no idea how the wine would turn out. Jerry told Tim not to worry about it, that we would work it out later. We ended up bottling 450 cases of that first vintage. The Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel won a bunch of awards, sold out quickly, and to this day remains our most popular wine. Throughout the remainder of the 90's, we meticulously redeveloped our Amador County vineyard, and doubled down on Portuguese varieties. In 2004, at 66 years old, Tim was diagnosed with Lymphoma. After a hard-fought two year battle, Tim passed away 3 days before harvest. Tim's son, Stuart Spencer, took over as winemaker for St. Amant, and has continued to honor his father's legacy by making fine Portuguese wines. Barbara, Tim's wife, continues to manage the business, and ensure that Tim's legacy is always honored.
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“Best Barbera”
20 Nov 2017
“Well worth the effort to find them”
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1 Winemaster Way, Suite I, Lodi, CA 95240-0860
+1 209-367-0646
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visited St Amant probably 15 years ago and keep going back when in the Lodi area. They have several good wines and in my humble opinion, the best Barbera in the Lodi area. Visited recently and they said it had received a Gold Award...More

Thank Traveler803
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We spent part of a great afternoon at the winery last Friday. Winery is a bit hard to find, but worth the effort. Located in an industrial park, the tasting room is rustic but inviting. Wines are very good, and our server was knowledgeable and...More

Thank tareybs
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Although the St Amant Winery tasting room is in a warehouse area the wines are outstanding! A must stop for high quality zins! The wine tasting staff was excellent!!!

Thank jrmouts
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We read that this winery would only do tastings by appointment, so we called and left a message. This low budget operation was too busy to take messages so we decided to stop anyway. What we found was all hands on deck working hard at...More

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 9 September 2015

We have been club members of St Amant for many years. They continue to pump out great, lush red wines and amazing ports. It's a small tasting room that is hidden away, but once you find it you won't be disappointed.

Thank danielKeiran
Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

Small family winery Barbara the owner and wine maker is there to pour and discuss the wines. They have exceptional wines of the Rhone varieties and remarkable ports. Well worth a visit

Thank David K
Reviewed 25 November 2014

This is a small family owned winery with very pleasant people. Their tasting is complimentary -- most of the other wineries charge $5 pp. Their Old Zin and Ports are really good.

Thank Ronald G
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