Wine - White - Newfound Wines
Newfound Wines is a small family owned winery located in the Sierra Foothills where the project is owned and operated by Matt Naumann and his partner, Audra Chapman. In 2016, Matt and Audra purchased their remote piece of land in El Dorado County and tore out the existing vineyard to start anew and revive the dramatic parcel from its conventionally farmed past. Their intent has been focused on the long game from the beginning. Along the way they brought in 200 goats to graze the hillsides to naturally compost the site, created a fire safe zone by lifting the densely forested canopy; cover cropped with a recipe of legumes, clovers and nitrogen fixing green manures. Newfound has come to define Matt & Audra’s agrarian dream to become first generation grape growers and wine producers.
Inspired by owner-operated wineries from all over the world, they are focused on producing wines that are true to place, that contain a naturally rugged edge and that captures the voice of their vineyard sources. As the Sierra Foothills property is in development, the wines produced under Newfound currently come from carefully chosen family owned and organically farmed old-vine sites around California – like the Yount Mill Vineyard in Yountville.
“Matt and Audra are sourcing from heritage sites, using heritage varietals and old school artisanal methods to create these beautiful, savory, and very authentic wines. In these wild, rugged areas of California where young winemakers are on a voyage of discovery, the past very much informs the future, and farming and respect for the land is at the center of the discussion.”