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“Quaint tasting room and fantastic wines!”
Review of Moretti Wines

Moretti Wines
Ranked #19 of 50 things to do in Lompoc
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Reviewed 14 October 2014

Our fortuitous visit to Moretti occurred very spontaneously during a planned trailing day in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Basically what occurred was that we almost always plan to visit 3 wineries per day. This allows us to spend plenty of time visiting, learning and tasting at each winery and yet still have driving time between wineries built into the day. What we didn’t know before pulling into the industrial park area in Lompoc was that two of our wineries for the day were in the same block – same parking lot to be more precise. So, needless to say, since our first visit went pretty quickly and we didn’t have to travel far to our next visit, we had about an hour or so to spare. We decided to pop in at the next door over winery called Moretti Wine Company. They have a nice little back patio that we found inviting so decided to pay them a visit. And unanimously, we were all glad that we did!

As it turns out, we stumbled in on a rare day when the owner, Jeni Moretti, was manning the store. Jeni has been in the Italian wine industry for over 22 years. Jeni is married to Antonio Moretti, the Italian component of this cute couple. They opened Moretti Wine Company in 2012 and produce about 500 cases per year. They purchase their grapes from other vineyards and make their wine off-site at a different location. With the large number of tasting rooms throughout California, this is becoming more and more of a common practice. A bit controversial about whether a good practice or not, but nonetheless, is being done more and more.

They make their wines in an Italian style, picking earlier and therefore allowing the grapes to remain more acidic than is typical in California. They want their wines to be more food friendly, more balanced wine. We did enjoy their wines very much and each bought a bottle or two.

In their back room, they have an area with a large, very thick wood table (picnic style) and in that room are a number of photographs placed on canvas that were all taken by Jeni. They are so good! We asked her if she sells them and she said no, but was thinking about it. We told her she should! So if you go and find one that you fall in love with, you might approach her on the subject.

Our time with Jeni was well spent and we all felt like we were fast, fast friends. The Traveling Winers would highly suggest that you give this winery a try if you are in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto area. Tell Jeni we said “Hello!”

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

If you go to the wine ghetto you definitely need to stop at Moretti. Delicious Italian style wines. The same family runs Taste of Santa Rita Hills I would make sure to stop there as well.

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Moretti Wines was our first AND last stop while tasting at the Wine Ghetto. Antonio is so knowledgeable and passionate about wines from the area, that I could have listened to him speak all day. He was so hospitable and very generous, and knows how to make someone fell welcomed in his tasting room. Oh and the salami and cheese -- DELICIOUS!

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Reviewed 31 December 2012

Great wines. Antonio Moretti is a wealth of information and clearly loves his business. I would definitely recommend putting this on your wine tasting list.

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Reviewed 17 December 2012 via mobile

Met Antonio Moretti a few doors down...we loved his Pinot Noir and a blueberry dessert wine he poured. He serves great cheese and salami....really enhances the wine tasting. We went to Moretti and met Brandy. She's funny, informed on wines and just as friendly as Antonio. More cheese and salami (we bought both it was so good). We left with a bottle of Grenache, and I would definitely like to join their wine club (we need to quit 1 first...we are members of way too many). I survived the ghetto, and loved it!

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