Sonoma County region
A minimalist approach and traditional winemaking techniques has awarded this winery with spectacular releases
Viluko Vineyards is a true mountain winery, nestled between Calistoga and Santa Rosa along the steep, rocky hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains that separate Sonoma Valley from Napa Valley. Owned by the Arroyo family, the winery produces a small collection of intense and complex Bordeaux-style wines from the family’s organically farmed 37-acre estate vineyard. This new, small-production family winery is already earning impressive awards and recognition in the wine industry press and we are proud to feature one of their latest achievements to our Gold Plus! Wine Club members.
Winemaking is a legacy of the Arroyo family, whose roots began in the Maipo region of Chile, on a ranch in Viluco – the inspiration for the family vineyard name. Proprietor Pedro Arroyo grew up on his grandfather’s family ranch and vineyard in Chile and his love of nature and the outdoors is at the heart of his work at Viluko Vineyards. His winery pays homage to his heritage as he also creates a legacy for his family today. Pedro’s wife Karen, a native Californian, oversees the sustainable farming practices at Viluko Vineyards and Farms, in addition to reinvigorating the surrounding land with native plant restoration. Their four children also contribute to Viluko Vineyards, making the winery a true family affair.
The Arroyo family is also joined by acclaimed winemaker Timothy Milos who is dedicated to producing terroir-driven wines by using a minimalist approach and traditional winemaking techniques. Tim has honed his winemaking craft since 1997 and garnered several extraordinary ratings for his wines over the years. His intimate knowledge of the Viluko Vineyard and his high standard of excellence makes him a tremendous asset to the winery and Arroyo family.
The stunning 37-acre Viluko Vineyard is situated on the Arroyo family's 500-acre property in the Mayacamas Mountains. The diverse terrain ranges in elevation from 600 to 1,100 feet above sea level, offering a rugged and challenging setting for growing wine grapes - but the views are sure to take your breath away. Each individual vineyard block was designed to conform to the natural backdrop of fir and live oak trees and the rich tapestry of native plant and animal life continues to inspire the Arroyo family's dedication to preserve this raw and beautiful landscape.
Since the inaugural 2011 vintage, Viluko Vineyards has released some spectacular wines, making the winery certainly one to watch in the coming years. We hope you enjoy this excellent feature. Cheers!