ZD Wines in Rutherford, Napa Valley, was founded in 1969 when Norman deLeuze and Gino Zepponi, both aerospace engineers, decided to make Burgundian style wines in Sonoma County. The men bought a winery permit and made wine with purchased grapes out of a farm building in Carneros. A decade later the families purchased six acres along the Silverado Trail in Rutherford. Today the 36-acre estate includes vineyards in Carneros and Rutherford, and the winery is owned and operated by the deLeuze family. ZD Wines makes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and a Rose. California Wine Writer James Laube has written that ZD Wines “quality across the board is good to outstanding, with each of the wines showing an exotic edge.”
This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.