"WINE IS ALL ABOUT THE NOSE, AND PUTTING IT TO THE GRINDSTONE."
- ISABELLE SIMI
Isabelle Simi knew this better than anyone. She steered the winery with defiant determination for over 70 years, persevering to better every last drop. In fact, in 1920, when the government threw down a deadly blow, in the form of Prohibition, she didn’t give up. She rolled up her sleeves and applied her wit. She held strong. And came out even stronger in the end.
One of the most complex vineyards in Alexander Valley, Landslide is comprised of five distinct soil types that were created by a volcanic landslide from Mount St. Helena. The vineyard also has three different distinguishable sections and several microclimates.
Just north of Healdsburg lies one of Sonoma County’s finest winegrowing regions: the Alexander Valley. Known for its diverse soils and complex geology, the warm Alexander Valley is well suited to red Bordeaux varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
Many natural forces occurred over hundreds of thousands of years to make the Russian River Valley the heralded wine region that it is today. The Pacific Ocean’s cooling fog drifts into the vineyards, preserving lifted acidity while fully developing ripe fruit flavors.
OUR WORLD-CLASS WINEMAKING TEAM
MELISSA STACKHOUSE, DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING
"To me, a good wine has both balance and integrity."
A curious person with a love of the outdoors, Melissa combined her love of agriculture and science by earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, and then joining some of California's top wineries—including Meiomi, J Vineyards & Winery, and La Crema—as winemaker.
Since becoming Director of Winemaking at SIMI Winery, Melissa has embraced the opportunity to blend, balance and showcase the best fruit from Sonoma County.
LISA EVICH, WINEMAKER
"When crafting exceptional wines, the key is to keep the big picture and the details in focus all at once."
The one word that Lisa Evich would use to describe SIMI wines is "timeless." Through meticulous care and attention in both the vineyards and the winery, she works to maintain the timelessness of both SIMI and Sonoma County.
Hailing from Santa Rosa, Lisa fell in love with food and wine at an early age. While at Sonoma State University, her focus was on Environmental Studies and Planning. But there was something about the vineyards that called to her. It wasn't just the science of winemaking, but the art as well, the craft that could translate a place into a bottle.
Lisa began her career at SIMI, spending nine years with the winery before diversifying her experience with positions at Pine Ridge and Arrowood. SIMI welcomed her home as winemaker creating world-class wines. And while Lisa would never require her friends and family to exclusively drink SIMI, there's no greater compliment than for someone to tell her that SIMI is their house wine.
Giuseppe Simi left the Tuscan hills in Montepulciano, Italy to find his fortune in the gold fields of California.
Giuseppe and brother Pietro produced their first wines under the Simi name.
The first harvest in Simi's stone cellars at the present day winery on Healdsburg Avenue
The winery expanded its stone cellars. Tragically, later that year both Simi brothers died suddenly. Giuseppe's daughter Isabelle took over management at the age of 18.
Prohibition began. Isabelle sold all vineyard holdings to keep possession of cellars, anticipating a quick repeal of the Volstead Act.
Prohibition was repealed in December. Thanks to Isabelle, SIMI was immediately prepared to sell 500,000 gallons of perfectly cellared wines to the thirsty public.
Isabelle established SIMI's first retail outlet, a tasting room fashioned from a 25,000 gallon cask installed in front of the winery's stone cellars.
Isabelle Simi retired, selling the winery to Alexander Valley grape grower, Russell Green.
SIMI used the Alexander Valley appellation on its labels for the first time.
Zelma Long, considered another female pioneer in California Wine, joined us as president, directing a major renovation of our fermentation and barrel rooms.
We acquired Landslide Vineyard in southern Alexander Valley to enhance and expand our Cabernet Sauvignon program.
We purchased 100 acres in the Russian River Valley and began the development of Goldfields Vineyard, planting Chardonnay field selections and clones.
We celebrated 100 years of wine making in the stone cellars, building a new hospitality center to replace the old tasting room.
Thanks to its eco-friendly practices and dedication to sustainability, SIMI becomes officially green certified.
SIMI introduces a designated outdoor space for tastings, dining and entertainment.
We mark a new era for SIMI, focusing on the celebration of pioneers like Isabelle Simi whose passion and determination make goodness from grit.