Encouraged by a simple assurance that you could grow good grapes in Lodi, Simeon Parises made the transatlantic voyage and cross-country trek from a small village in Kefalonia, Greece to farm the lands in Lodi, California. Growing grapes and passing down his family's tradition of winemaking to his son Dan, handcrafted Zinfandel wine was a constant staple of the Parises' table at any family gathering or event.
Little did he know, in 2006 his son, Dan, and grandson, Paul, would fulfill the dream of establishing an official wine for market with the first crush of Zinfandel grapes that would produce our cherished St. Sophia.
With first harvest on September 17 of 2006, the name day of his granddaughters, Gianna Sophia and Sophia Breanne,
St. Sophia Zinfandel was named in dedication to his granddaughters' Baptismal saint, Saint Sophia the Martyr.
Although small is beautiful, it’s big taste which sets St. Sophia Old Vine Zinfandel apart. A true boutique wine, St. Sophia continues to demonstrate how dedication to excellence, a heavy dose of family pride, investment and faith, can produce outstanding wine.
As the awards and customer following attest, you really can grow good grapes in Lodi.
Selection of the best fruit has always been the first step in the production of the award winning St. Sophia Zinfandel. World renown for the growing of a variety of Zinfandel, Lodi, as Simeon stated, was an ideal place to settle, plant and grow. Selecting from our own vineyard and other outstanding vineyards of our close family friends, the fruit is hand harvested at the optimum ripeness and flavor.
Our fermentation is completed in small ½ ton lots with daily pigèage by hand. Utilizing a specialty yeast isolated from Southern France helps us to further develop the bright fruit and forward aromas that our patrons rave about. Our wine is then aged for 20 months in new and older American and French oak barrels which completes our profile with a great depth and complexity that St. Sophia is known for.
With family roots embedded in both Italy and Greece the Paul Simeon Collection represents the American Dream at its finest. Each year a mere 300 cases of St. Sophia, one of Lodi’s finest zinfandel, is harvested, expertly crafted, prudently aged and brought to market, all as a declaration of the success of the American immigrant family.
Copyright. 2017 St. Sophia Zinfandel. All Rights Reserved.