The vision behind Artezin is to honor the art of making Zinfandel from old vine plantings and work with family owned farms throughout Mendocino and Sonoma Counties.
Many varieties including Zinfandel were planted throughout Mendocino and Sonoma Counties as home winemaking grapes. The local farmers, many of them Italian immigrants, wanted wines that were big, dark, and robust, so they started blending Zinfandel with other varietals such as Carignan and Petite Sirah. Each farm owner mastered their own secret blend, planting Zinfandel on the outer edges of the farms to shield what else they were growing. Later, during Prohibition, Zinfandel continued to thrive as home-winemaker’s grape.