California Cult Classics is licensed private club operation. Each club member purchases a quantity of wine and assumes responsibility for its creation and bottling. Members benefit from access to Napa’s finest grapes, first-class winemaking facilities, and hands-on education from renowned winemakers. All wines made under California Cult Classics membership must be for personal consumption only and may not be sold.

Our Napa grapes are received at our modern 7,400 square-foot private winery in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Our ‘no compromise’ approach continues right through to the bottling. The winery features temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks and two large temperature controlled barrel-aging cellars. The facility is equipped with professional grade presses, pumps, racking and bottling equipment.

 

The Six Steps

Winemaking at California Cult Classics is a collaborative effort and we encourage members to participate in all stages of the winemaking process. To comply with the guidelines of our private license, all members are required to participate in at minimum sessions 1 & 6.

SESSION 1

Orientation: A short seminar focusing on the art of winemaking and members add the yeast to their wine to begin fermentation.

SESSION 2

Fermentation Management: Must is pumped over and/or punched down while in the fermentation tanks.

SESSION 3

Pressing: Must is pressed off skins and the resulting wine is moved into custom built stainless steel tanks.

SESSION 4

Racking into Barrels: Wine is racked into French or American oak barrels supplied by Seguin Moreau of Napa Valley.

SESSION 5

Cold Stabilisation: Wine is racked from barrels into stainless steel tanks for cold stabilisation. This process releases tartrates and stabilises the wine for bottling.

SESSION 6

Bottling and Labeling: The finished wine is bottled using our state-of-the-art bottling machine where bottles are filled, corked, foiled & custom labeled.

 

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