The story of Southern Roots Wines has been decades in the making. We trace our roots back through an enduring, thirty-year friendship between two families whose passion for great wine, fine food, and excellent company have combined to make Southern Roots a reality.
Our dream to create a superb wine began with conversations on Gulf Coast beaches and grew during family gatherings in Birmingham, Alabama. Now that dream is a reality as we proudly honor our Southern Roots with our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the prestigious Coombsville AVA in Napa, CA, and our Chardonnay from Carneros, the premier chardonnay growing region in California.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the esteemed Francis Vineyards, and brought to life under the careful stewardship of winemaker Rudy Zuidema. Planted in 2008, Southern Roots vines consist of three different Cabernet Sauvignon clones – 07, 04 and Entav 169 - which are grafted to rootstocks 110R, 101-14 and 1103P. Our hillside soils vary from compacted volcanic ash to clay to dense loam.
Carneros is the coolest and most moderate of California’s premier wine growing regions. The rolling hills of Carneros benefit from the cooling effects of fog and gentle breezes, due to its proximity to San Pablo Bay. Southern Roots sources its chardonnay grapes from a well-respected vineyard in the heart of Carneros to produce a brilliant wine that showcases the true expression of California chardonnay.
The 2016 Southern Roots Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed with fermentation that began in stainless steel tanks and finished in French oak barrels, where it was aged for 20 months sur lie. This produced a wine of impressive depth and power.
Meet our Winemaker
As a consulting winemaker for small estate programs, Rudy Zuidema combines a passion for agriculture with an expansive knowledge of winemaking. In the vineyard, he follows organic and biodynamic farming practices to naturally enhance the flavorful diversity of the estate’s rich tapestry of vineyard blocks. This natural approach continues in the winery, where Rudy emphasizes classic, small-lot techniques and gentle handling to craft balanced wines that embody a sense of elegance, purity and power.