That’s the glorious thing about university; you can go in as a neurobiology major and come out with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. At least, that’s what Jillian DeLeon did. She took advantage of her first introductory to winemaking class at UC Davis and very quickly switched from brains to wine. We’re sure glad she did otherwise Onesta Wines would not be in existence.
Post-graduation, DeLeon found herself interning at the infamous Bonny Doon Winery and to become the best, you must learn from the best. Her desire to learn more about the world of wine continued to grow. To gain the essential background credentials, the same background that would eventually become the basis for her wines, DeLeon traveled to the southern hemisphere to work an additional harvest each year to observe first-hand different winemaking styles and how to work with different varietals. Her resume quickly expanded with the addition of internships in McLaren Vale, Margaret River, and Stellenbosch before returning as Associate Winemaker to Bonny Doon.
Now this wine veteran sought out her own project inspired by her naturally artistic expression. Each wine in influenced by each growing season. Mother Nature calls the shots on each vintage creating an adventure for both her and her customers. She would like to make an extra shout out to two exceptionally crafted and fruity varietals. Onesta 2013 Rose is a elegantly pink wine packed with strawberry, guava, and watermelon. The bright acidity alongside a dry yet soft touch on the palate makes this Rose drinkable all night. Onesta 2012 Cinsault bursts with strawberry and spiced rhubarb pie. Don’t be intimidated by the bold flavors, this Cinsault combines the delicate weight of a Pinot with the wild berry fruit forward attitude of a Zinfandel and will easily become your go-to wine. DeLeon lets nature do its thing and finds incredible ways to complement those flavors. Her wines will never disappoint.