Encanto Vineyards focuses on single variety, single vineyard wines and is owned by Mexican American vintner Enrique Lopez. Enrique was born in a small village, El Espiritu in Michoacán Mexico. He is the youngest of 14 children. As a child, Enrique grew up learning his family’s technique and legacy in agriculture. He first came to the United States at age 11 and began helping his family harvest crops -starting with garlic in Nevada. Returning to Mexico, he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Morelia Michoacán and then immediately came back to California and soon worked at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
In 2000 he founded Saint Helena based Servin - Lopez Vineyard Management Company overseeing vineyards that many in his family had worked since the late 60’s in the Napa Valley. Working in the fields grew his love and appreciation for wine. Enrique is a strong believer in sustainable farming and in work in harmony with Nature and its cycles. His dream of creating an award-wining Napa Valley Wine came true in 2008, with Encanto’s first vintage of Pinot Noir, with grapes from Napa’s Los Carneros district.
Encanto Vineyards is one of the founding members of The Mexican American Vintners Association (MAVA). This group was formed after a number of Napa and Sonoma based vintners poured their wines in Mexico at the Michoacán State Fair and collaboratively recognized the need to have an organization that would promote their own wines, support Mexican Americans in the wine industry and provide wine education. Today MAVA hosts several events each year, provides scholarships to Latino youth and provides other support to Mexican Americans in the wine industry.
Encanto means Enchantment in Spanish and it’s a name that represents a number of facets in the wine industry. The wines are Enrique’s tribute to his family, their hard work in the vineyards and all farm workers who are the backbone of this industry. It is their work that directly contributed to making Napa Valley a world’s premium tasting region.
Behind the Label