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ZD Wines

8383 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 963-5188

Tasting:   Daily 10:30-4:30 pm
$10 and $15 plus VIP tasting programs
15% case discount
  Tours by Appointment , Scheduled Tours
Special Wine & Cheese tours Saturdays at 11am, Sensory Component Tasting on Sundays at 11 am.
Price Range:   $18 to $50 per bottle
Established:   1969
Vineyards:   40 acres
  30,000 cases

ZD Wines Description

Two former aerospace engineers had a dream to produce wines similar to those from the renowned Burgundy region of France using the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties. In 1968, Norman de Leuze and Gino Zepponi pooled their resources of $3,000 apiece and applied for a winery permit and built their winery. The winery prospered and continued to expand with a new facility completed in 1980 and then expanded again 13 years later.

Visitors today follow the path along the vine covered building, past the circular fountain, to the attractive tile floored tasting room. Large windows look out on a small courtyard adorned with rose bushes. Behind the tasting bar are windows that allow a peek into the barrel room. Logo clothing and quality stemware is for sale.

There are a number of tasting and touring options, including on Saturdays the ZD Wine and Cheese Tastings, and on Sunday, the unique “Sensory Component Tasting” where you can sharpen your senses by identifying particular aspects of a wines bouquet. There are also two daily tasting options in the main tasting room with the Premier tasting giving you the chance to taste wines aged for five to 10 years.

ZD’s focus is on a handful of grape varieties. They source grapes from Napa County, Santa Barbara and their own Napa vineyard. Their Chardonnay is produced in a fruit forward, non-malolactic fermentation style. The Rosa Lee Riesling is slightly “off dry.” They also produce a Pinot Noir from Carneros fruit, and a mighty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. 

ZD Wines Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Private Tasting
Wine Education Seminars
Gift Shop
Tours - Regularly Scheduled
"Green" Technology
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ZD Wines Reviews

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Zero Defect Wines
Ochs, Savoy
ZD is one of the longest existing wineries in Napa, but its approach to winemaking is both innovational and traditional. They experimented with such things as slowly fermenting Chardonnay at 46 degrees, and harvesting grapes at night so that they will be more than 20 degrees cooler. They are always looking for ways to be earth friendly in their farming, production, and recycling. We were there on a weekday, so didn't get to experience the special tastings, but we did do the regular and premier tastings. The ZD Chardonnay is really wonderful. ZD comes from the owners’ aerospace background, and means "zero defects". They must have had premonition in naming this, because it describes their wines perfectly. We ended up bringing home several bottles of the Chard, the Carneros Pinot Noir, the Riesling, the lower priced Cabernet Sauvignon, and of course the higher priced Cabernet Sauvignon. In our state the reserve Cab is only sold to restaurants, and not to retail stores, and who wants to pay those higher restaurant prices? Better to get some here.

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Earthy Wine, Yosemite
Vivid rose bushes and a tasty fruit forward Chardonnay made my trip a pleasant one. I would love to go back for the special wine and cheese tours and a sensory tasting. Highly recommended.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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