California native Gina Hildebrand established Lady of the Sunshine in 2017. Gina grew up on her family’s eighty-six acre Biodynamic certified farm, named Narrow Gate Vineyards, located in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. With the influence of home, Gina was drawn to biodynamic farming and making terroir driven wines. After obtaining her degree in Wine and Viticulture and spending several years working with different winemakers who focused on responsible farming in France, New Zealand, Oregon, and the Napa Valley, Gina now calls the Central Coast of California her home, where she’s proud to source, farm, and create California wine. Lady of the Sunshine wines focus on organic and biodynamic farming. Her wines are a playful expression on California sites that are serious about farming, and are made with wild yeast, neutral oak, and are not fined or filtered. The foundation of Lady of the Sunshine starts in the vineyard, based on the mantra, “Know your farmer”. Gina currently makes Sauvignon Blanc from the Coquelicot Vineyard, an organic vineyard in the San Ynez Valley, and Pinot Noir from the Lindsley Vineyard, an organic vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In the winter of 2017, Gina started farming (full-time), the six and a half acre, Chene Vineyard, in Edna Valley, that sits four miles from the Pacific Ocean. She is currently farming and transitioning the vineyard to biodynamics and pursuing a Demeter certification status.
Wines Distributed in Colorado
- Coquelicot, Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Sauvignon Blanc
- Santa Cruz Mountains, Piont Noir
- Chene Vineyard, Edna Valley, Chardonnay
- Chene Vineyard, Edna Valley, Pinot Noir