Our World wine page this month heads for the very sunny south.
When brothers Kurt and John Tiedt decided to go into the winemaking business with a group of close friends, it was not for fame and fortune. Somerset Vineyard & Winery continues a legacy of sharing good times with others, a cornerstone of the Tiedt Brothers philosophy for decades.
Together with their wives, close friends and partners Luis Torres (Director of Winery Operations) and Kim Scott (Director of Marketing) and others, the Tiedts formed a small investment group that turned a dream into a reality. Somerset Vineyard & Winery is also dedicated to the memory of their close childhood friend Robert Trummeter, who lost his battle against cancer shortly before acquiring the winery. Somerset Vineyard & Winery is a destination and a wine for anyone who appreciates the joy of friendship, the thrill of life and the taste of fun. “We welcome you to come and make memories with us,” the Tiedts say.
Somerset was the street of their childhood and adolescence, growing up in the suburbs of Orange County, California. Somerset recalls lifelong friendships, family celebrations and countless memories. The name evokes a time of pickup games, street parties, neighbourhood potlucks and camaraderie. Somerset embodies a philosophy and sentiment that continued into adulthood, as the group of friends raised families of their own.
Temecula Wine Valley’s Somerset Vineyard & Winery is continuing a 30-year tradition of delivering exceptional hand-crafted wines out of its 13-acre vineyard. Brothers Kurt and John Tiedt are producing sustainably-farmed varieties from Southern France as well as from select regions in Spain. The 13-acre vineyard and estate specialises in wines made from the Rhône varieties such as Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache and Syrah as well as the Spanish Macabeo, Monastrell and Tempranillo.
Award-winning winemaker David Raffaelle established the Rhône and Spanish winemaking programmes at the vineyards (formerly Keyways) in 2009, and the vineyard is now at the height of its maturity.