The building that will house the winery is large and nearly on the edge of the river; on the same lot, there is another smaller building, closer to the street. The buildings are magical in a very rough way. But even more magical: the lot that they sit on was a vineyard until 1899!
This whole section of Los Angeles, adjacent to the river, was planted to grapes from the 1830s to the early 1900s, when the advent of the transcontinental railroad changed everything. Vineyards and orchards were ripped out and replaced with warehouses, all over the banks of the river.
Our mission is two-fold: to return winemaking to the city and to explore the unknown vineyards and growing areas of Southern California. Many of the vineyards are old or represent the traces of a grape growing culture from the birth of state; some are utterly new and fascinating. But all of them represent a world that is not yet known outside of a narrow area. Exploration and celebration. History without nostalgia. Something new and radical, but deeply traditional at once.
The Project has never had a permanent home. Here, we will create a large and substantial home. Here, we will make wine, in the heart of a city, and host lectures, tastings, conferences, cook outs— perhaps dance parties.
This is a tremendous undertaking; there is no way that we could accomplish it on our own. That is why we are turning to you.
We will thank and reward you with an invitation to the opening banquet, with perpetual free access to the winery and the tasting room, and to most events. Some galas might require you to pay . . . .