Napa Valley AVA
Filled with a sense of adventure - perfectly 'pono'
Founded in 2012 by Dave Sedeno and winemaker Grant Long, Jr., Pono Wines is a new artisan producer based in California's Napa Valley. The winery was named after the Hawaiian word pono that has a depth of meaning - balance, a connection to the land, living in harmony, doing the right thing, leaving something better than how you found it, righteousness, and fairness. According to Hawaiians, if you are living 'pono,' you are in the right relationship with all people, places, and things in your life. You have an appreciation for where you are and where you are going while embracing life's journey. It is with this spirit of 'pono' that Dave Sedeno and Grant Long, Jr. established Pono Wines.
Dave Sedeno is a native Hawaiian who was born and raised on Oahu and, from an early age, appreciated the culture that blended a physical and spiritual connection to the land. Perhaps it is this appreciation that led Dave to the world of wine over twenty years ago. He found his way into the industry through high-end wine sales, and over the years, has worked with many world-renowned wineries and winemakers in Napa and Sonoma. Dave credits such luminaries as Norm Kiken of the much-admired Reverie Winery and Vineyard on Diamond Mountain (Napa Valley) and Steve Reynolds of the Reynolds Family Winery (also Napa Valley) as mentors throughout his career. During this time, Dave also met winemaker Grant Long, Jr. and they bonded over their deep knowledge of wine and passion for sharing it with others. The two became great friends and eventually created Pono Wines together, sourcing fruit from some of the best vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Grant Long, Jr. has lived in the Napa Valley most of his life and has become one of the most intriguing and talked about young winemakers in California. Before establishing his own label, Aonair Wines, in 2008, Grant worked at several wineries, gaining both winemaking and business experience. Most recently, he was a partner in G Wine Cellars and spent several years in sales and marketing with Reverie Winery on Diamond Mountain. He points to his father who was a lifelong wine love and fine wine collector as one of the great influences in his life.
Pono Wines has recently taken a giant step and opened a tasting facility in downtown Napa City, partnering with Kitchen Collective which is an urban cooking club. The idea is to be able to pair wines and food correctly, and it offers visitors a truly unique and enjoyable tasting experience.
We are delighted to introduce Pono Wines to our Diamond Plus! Wine Club members and hope you enjoy one of the winery's most celebrated releases to date. Cheers!
Aloha Platinum Wine Club Members,
It is our honor to share the 2013 “Hapa” Red Blend with you. Our name, Pono in Hawaiian means balance, a connection to the land, leaving something better than you found it, and it is in this spirit that we create our wines. The symmetry of the island language is complex in its simplicity; it symbolizes our approach to winemaking, the relentless pursuit of perfection and harmony. To create “Hapa”, which translates to “mixed”, we searched the Napa Valley for the best grapes from small growers and combined them into a sensual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Like the island that wraps around each bottle of Pono, savoring our wines is an adventure of flavors, textures and aromas.
Wine making in the Napa Valley shares many characteristics with growing up in the islands; they both inspire an appreciation for the rich variety created by dramatic differences in terrain, soil and climate. Wine has embodied this diversity across history and cultures. This is why we place the hook or Makua, as it is know in island cultures, on each bottle of Pono wines to represent life, abundance and the sharing of good fortune with others.
The coordinates under the Pono name will take you to Iolani Palace. It is a nod to the voyager spirit of my elders, including my grandmother who as a playmate of the last princess sailed the ocean by schooner to England. This is the history of discovery and adventure that inspires Pono wines. We are proud that our first vintage of 50 cases quickly sold out; with our second vintage we produced 100 cases to share with old friends, and now with you our new friends of Pono wines.