Verdad is devoted to making Spanish grape varietal wines that express true varietal character as well as the vineyard’s terroir. The grapes are sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards and are minimally processed in the cellar. The philosophy behind the winemaking is to grow the best fruit possible, pick at optimum balance and let the wines reflect what the vineyards have created.
There are two primary vineyards that Verdad sources from. The Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley, which is organically farmed and the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley, which is Demeter certified biodynamic.
The wines are made at the Clendenen Lindquist Winery in Santa Maria, home to Qupe Wine Cellars and Au Bon Climat Winery.
Louisa Sawyer Lindquist has worked in the wine industry since her senior year of college. Her experience is in all aspects of the wine business, including restaurants, retail, wholesale, import-export, national sales and winemaking.
Louisa makes the wines for Verdad Wine Cellars, which she started in 2000. The Verdad wines are created from Tempranillo, Albarino, Grenache and a small amount of Graciano. In addition she makes Pinot Noir under the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard label which is a collaboration with her husband Bob.
In addition to winemaking, Louisa markets and sells Qupe Wine Cellars wines, which are made by her partner and cutting edge visionary, winemaker Bob Lindquist.
In 2005 Louisa collaborated on planting the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley which is Demeter certified biodynamic as well as organically certified. The vineyard is producing beautiful, high quality grapes for both Verdad and Qupe wineries.
The wines Louisa produces are native yeast fermented, believing that great wines are produced from grapes of the highest quality with the least amount of manipulation. She strives to produce pure, expressive and balanced wines that convey the flavors of the unique cool climate vineyards sites she sources from on the Central Coast.