German colonists did it in Anaheim over 100 years ago, but no one has ever done it in Newport Beach, until now.
On Saturday morning Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery owner Richard Moriarty made history in the city when he bottled wine made from grapes grown on his estate which borders Upper Newport Bay. It is the first estate wine produced in Orange County in more than a century and the first estate wine ever bottled in Newport Beach.
While there are other wineries in Orange County, the grapes used are bought from northern California. NBVW has also done that in the past, but this 2010 "Unobtanium" red meritage is made solely from grapes grown on Moriarty's property.
"This is the rarest wine in the world," Moriarty said. "It's the only estate wine ever made in Newport Beach from the only winery in Newport Beach."
Moriarty, his employees and friends were on hand to witness the bottling process Saturday which included wine pumped through a hose from a large storage tank onto a hired mobile wine bottling truck. The large truck contained a conveyor belt and machinery used for bottling, corking and labeling.
A sense of excitement filled the air as the bottling process began. A forklift driver rolled up with the boxes of bottles and another worker fed twelve bottles at a time onto the conveyor belt. In less than a minute, the bottles were filled with the precious red fluid and corked and then placed into boxes. In total about 336 cases were produced.
"I had all this property and I used to mow lawns as a kid and I didn't want to have to mow lawns. That's just a waste of water and time," Moriarty said of his estate. "This seemed like a better choice. It's obviously evolved into a little bigger thing but here we are. This is a big deal and making the first estate wine is a significant thing to do."
The 3.5 acre estate has a spectacular view of the Upper Newport Bay and a vineyard with 1200 Bordeaux style grape vines. Private tours of the 2,500 square foot wine cave and wine tastings are available for small groups. The property is also available for private and fundraising events. A pheasant and chicken aviary, a koi pond and a garden may also be visited on the grounds.
For more information about purchasing this historic estate wine and other NBVW products, CLICK HERE, or to book an event email Justin Myers or call 949-500-0273. Visit Newport Beach Winery and Vineyards online at www.nbwine.com.