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 NEWS 6/8/16: Tondre Named Top Wine At Dan Berger International Wine Competition; Is Also Vineyard Source For “Best of Show” Winner At S.F. Chronicle Judging.

 
 

Father Tondre and son Joe Alarid, both steeped in California’s agricultural history, founded Tondre Wines with the vision to produce a limited production, world-class Pinot Noir from their vineyard, Tondre Grapefield.

Tondre wines appeal to wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts who are artisans in their own world and demand a world class sensory experience.

Passion in a Bottle.

 

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About Us

Tondre Alarid and his son Joe Tondre have a steadfast belief that with hard work and a little luck things will work out.  With nearly a century of farming in the Salinas Valley, Monterey County, California between them, they know what it’s like to be in partners with Mother Nature…and they get along fine.

The great blessing is that Tondre Grapefield lies firmly in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation, fast becoming a world-class region for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Joe and family continue to live on the ranch where they nurture and raise their grapes 24/7.  It is a way of life for them and their family.

You can be assured that every hand involved in the production of Tondre Wine is passionate about delivering a world class product. We have the perfect pairing of grape and winemaker… a task not so easily accomplished.  Tondre Wines reflects all the wonders, blessings and history of the Santa Lucia Highland Appellation.

Tondre and Joe gave their first four vintages away to family and friends, and due to overwhelming demand offered it in small quantities to the public.  And now, just as then, we make it in small batches to assure quality from nose to finish.

If you have the palette for fine, velvety mouthfeel wine, we’re confident you will not be disappointed.

For the Alarid family, it has been a labor of love, and we’re grateful to be able to share it with you.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Contact Us

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Tondre Grapefield

PO BOX 866
Gonzales, CA 93926

Phone: (831) 675-3214
Email: info@tondrewines.com
http://www.tondrewines.com

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Wines

“Let the wine make itself” - is an axiom that weaves aromas and flavors together, vintage by vintage. This concept leads our winemaker, Tony Craig to his decision to use oak as an interactive process with grapes each year. He focuses on how the wine feels along with how it tastes. As a critic of oak, he avoids unneeded oak tannins that reduce bright color hues, produce harsh tannins and unbalance the wine.

Tony Craig leads the Tondre wine program at Silver Mountain in Santa Cruz Mountains. He has been producing award winning vineyard designated Pinot Noir for over twelve years. He is committed to producing elegantly refined and luxuriously flavored Pinot Noir that appeal to wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts who are artisans in their own world and demand a world class sensory experience in everything they do.

 

2013 Chardonnay
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2012 Chardonnay
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2012 Pinot
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2011 Pinot
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2011 Chardonnay – SOLD OUT
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2010 Pinot – SOLD OUT
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2010 Chardonnay – SOLD OUT
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2009 Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
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2008 Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
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2007 Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
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2006 Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
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2005 Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
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2004 Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
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2003 Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
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Our Grapefields

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Pinot Noir-Grapes Matter.

Tondre Grapefield was planted in 1997 on six and half acres in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. It now has seven blocks for an accumulation of 80 acres Pinot Noir and 21 acres of Chardonnay grape vines.

Several of the leading Pinot Noir clones are planted to ensure that there is a medley of fruit and sufficient Tondre pedigree character to suit vintner stylistic preferences. These clones are pruned to hang two clusters per shoot with an average thirteen shoots per vine which yield three and a half tons per acre of ripe and distinctive Pinot Noir grapes.

Among pundits of Pinot Noir, “terroir” is most often referenced for flavor, aromas and overall grape quality from viticulture and historic influences. Vignerons have established the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation as one of the crown jewels of California viticulture for Pinot Noir grapes. This distinguished appellation has protruding southeast facing slopes, strong maritime influences from Monterey Bay and ancient glacial soils consisting of decomposed granite, gravel and sandy loam. This is the regions terroir affording grapes an extended “Hang Time”. This means more sunlight on the vine and more even ripening, with sufficient cool-down in the evening to firm up the grapes natural acidity. As a result, grapes have an intense expression of deep fruit flavors gaining complexity and nuance from deep vine penetration of the soil and extraction of its minerals.

The importance and interdependence of combining grower and vintner is omnipresent for wine quality assurance and protection of a vineyard designation vintage by vintage. Vignerons globally have known this for centuries. With this old and new world wine acumen, Tondre chose carefully a cluster of vignerons to ensure that Pinot Noir made from the Tondre Grapefields’ are among the premier wines of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.

Tondre Grapefield is among the founding growers of the newly formed “Wine Artisans of Santa Lucia Highlands”. This alliance of growers and vintners is dedicated to expressing, through their fine wines, the unique character of this rugged Monterey appellation.

 

Interested in Buying Tondre Grapes?

The majority of fruit grown on Tondre Grapefield is sold to respected vignerons whose high standards align with our Tondre Brand.

From time to time we may have small quantities of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Reisling fruit available to those who meet certain requirements and who desire world-class Santa Lucia Highland fruit from our vineyard.

Persons who desire to get on a wait list may do so by emailing Joe at: joe@tondrewines.com.

Additional information about the vineyard and appellation is available at www.santaluciahighlands.com.

 

 

Where to Buy

We want to make it as easy and convenient as possible for you to experience our wine. Below, you can find a list of fine local retail establishments that carry Tondre wines.

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Tasting Rooms/Fine Retail

Bella Vino Cellar
5148 N. Palm Ave.
Fresno, CA 93704
800 676 1588
805 549 0321

First St. Wine Co.
2211 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550
925 294 5825

La Casa Bodega
Monterey, CA
831-655-3222

Monte Vista Wine and Spirits
19 Soledad Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

Nielsen Brothers Market
7th and San Carlos
Carmel, CA 93921
831 624 6441

On the Vine
10711 Rosedale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93312
661 301 8939

Star Market
1275 S. Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 422-3961

Taste of Monterey Wine Market & Bistro
700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
831 646 5446

The Cheese Shop
Carmel, CA
831-625-2272

Wharf Marketplace
290 Figueroa St.
Monterey, CA 93940
831 649 1116

Wine from the Heart
241 Alvarado Street
Monterey, CA 93940
831 641 9463

Wine Market
Pacific Grove, CA
831-646-0107

Zeph’s One Stop
(Retail/Wine Tasting)
1366 S Main Street #A
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 757-3947

 

Fine Restaurants

Angelina’s Pizzeria
22736 Portola Drive
Salinas, CA 93908
831 484 1164

Big Sur Roadhouse
Hwy 1
1.5 Mi. North of Big Sur
Big Sur, CA 93920
831 667 2370

Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel, CA

831-625-9500

Christopher’s on Lincoln
Carmel, CA
831-626-8000

CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort
One Cordevalle Club Drive
San Martin, CA 95046
408 695 4500

Corral de Tierra Country Club
81 Corral de Tierra Road
Salinas, CA 93901

Cypress Point Club Restaurant
Pebble Beach, CA
831-624-6444

Giorgio’s
201 Main St.
Salinas, CA 93901
831 800 7573

Gino’s Fine Italian Food
1410 Main St.
Salinas, CA 93908
831 422 1814

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
24505 West Dorris
Coalinga, CA 93210
800 942 2333
559 935 0717

Highlands Inn
Carmel, CA
831-622-5472

L’Auberge d’ Carmel
Monte Verde at 7th
Carmel, CA 93921
831 624 8578

Lodge at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Luigi’s
346 Alta St.
Gonzales, CA 93926
831 675 7800

Mission Ranch
26270 Dolores
Carmel, CA 93921
831 625 9040

Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
Monterey, CA
831-372-9686

Sand Bar and Grill
Monterey, CA

831-373-2818

Sardine Factory
Monterey, CA
831-373-3775

The Club at Crazy Horse
465 San Juan Grade Road
Salinas, CA 93906
831 449 6617

The Inn at Spanish Bay
Pebble Beach, CA
831-648-7826

The Mark
1623 19th St. # 1629
Bakersfield, CA 93301
661 322 7665

The Ranch Club at the Santa Lucia Private Reserve
Carmel, CA
831-620-6821

Wills Fargo
Carmel Valley, CA
831-659-2774

 

Bed & Breakfasts

Petit Soleil
1473 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805 549 0321


 

 

 

 

 

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Press/Accolades

2016

Tondre Grapefield Racks Up “Best of Show” Awards
Named Top Wine At Dan Berger International Wine Competition;
Is Also Vineyard Source For “Best of Show” Winner At S.F. Chronicle Judging.

Received BEST OF SHOW RED
Received BEST OF SHOW
2013 Tondre Grapefields Pinot Noir
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Tondre Grapefield Takes Home “Gold” in Los Angeles
2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition;

2012 Tondre Pinot Noir – Gold Medal and 93 Points
2013 Tondre Pinot Noir – Gold Medal and 92 Points
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Tondre Grapefield Fruit Wins
Received RED SWEEPSTAKE WINNER
Received RED BEST IN SHOW
2013 Sonnet Cellars Tondre Grapefields Pinot Noir

Received DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
2012 Tondre Chardonnay
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2014

Vineyard & Winery Management
2014 Grand Harvest Awards

Received BEST IN CLASS
Received GOLD MEDAL
2011 Tondre Pinot Noir

Received DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
2012 Tondre Chardonnay

 

San Francisco International Wine Competition
Received SILVER MEDAL
2011 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Received 91 Points, Chosen as Cellar’s Selection
2012 Tondre Chardonnay

Received 91 Points
2011 Tondre Pinot Noir

Wine and Spirits Magazine
Received 91 Points
2011 Tondre Pinot Noir

Grand Harvest Award Competition
SILVER MEDAL
2010 Tondre Pinot Noir

Grand Harvest Award Competition
SILVER MEDAL
2010 Tondre Pinot Noir

2013

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL
2010 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL
2010 Tondre Chardonnay

 

Riverside International Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL
2010 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

2012

Appellation America
Best of Appellation, DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
2009 Tondre Pinot Noir
“Its medium garnet color hints at the considerable aromatic development this finely-constructed gem displays just three years after its vintage. The expected SLH dried orange peel and spiced cherry signature aromas are now carried by a symphony of seductive nougat, cinnamon, smoked sage and toffee bouquet elements. The structure is silky and warm, with a rich, oily texture that coats the mouth with exotic perfumes, stonefruit and savory spices. Carries its 14.8 alcohol seamlessly, with a long, graceful finish.”

 

Appellation America
Best of Appellation, DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
2010 Tondre Chardonnay
“Classic rum and citrus peel aromatics typical of SLH are achieved in this cool vintage at a lower alcohol than customary, resulting in a dense, full-bodied palate with no heat or bitterness in the finish. Full ML creates a rich butterscotch impression which displays balanced acidity, creating a mouth-watering explosion of flavors which conclude with a lingering note of spiced tangerine. Excellent for chicken or grilled swordfish.”

 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
92 Point Review
Chosen as “Editors Choice”
2010 Debut Tondre Chardonnay

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL
2009 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

San Francisco International Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL
2009 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

2011
Appellation America
Best of Appellation, DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
2008 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL
2008 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
91 Point Review
2008 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

2010
Grand Harvest Award
2007 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

Appellation America
Best of Appellation GOLD
2007 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
90 Point Review
2007 Tondre Pinot Noir

 

Riverside International Wine Competition
Unanimous Chairman’s Award GOLD
Tondre 2007 Pinot Noir

 

2008
Appellation America
Best of Appellation Gold Medal
2006 Pinot Noir

 

2007
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
90 Point Review
“As rich and complex in structure as you’d expect in a Pinot from this appellation.”

 

San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com
Wine Review from Olivia Wu.
“The Tondre Pinot Noir “Tondre Grapefield” is a classic example of California Pinot Noir…”

 

Appellation America Presents TOP TEN WINE LIST for 2006
Tondre 2003 Pinot wins top ten placement.
Appellation America is the premier online wine portal focusing on the wines, wine regions and winemakers of North America.

 

2006
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Review from Steve Heimoff with 90 point rating.
“Santa Lucia fruit that’s so massive that it stuns.”

 

Appellation America
“Wine Recommendations” reviewed by Laurie Daniel wine columnist for San Jose Mercury News.
“All the Tondre Grapefield Pinots I’ve tasted have a ripeness and intensity that’s typical of the
appellation, but they never stray from their essential Pinot-ness.”

 

San Francisco Chronicle
The Chronicle’s Wine Selections review Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Two and half Stars out of Four.
“Intertwined bands of baking spice, espresso and black pepper run through this wine, adding complexity to the opulently ripe fruit (black cherry and blackberry). Silky in texture, it finishes with tangy dried cherry and firm acidity.”

 

Competitions
Long Beach Grand Cru – Silver Medal
National Women’s Wine Competition, March 09- Silver Medal Pinot ’06

 

 

 

Vineyard & Winery Management – 2014 Grand Harvest Awards – See more at: http://tondrewines.com/site/category/latestnews/#sthash.xGMLvGZ2.dpuf