Krista Scruggs grew up in California with a deep connection to working the land, through her grandfather’s farm in the San Joaquin Valley. Later she worked a harvest in France, and then met Deirdre Heekin, the winemaker beyond now legendary Vermont natural winery, La Garagista. She moved to Vermont to become Deirdre’s assistant, and is now deeply rooted to the small wine and cider-making community in this up and coming area. She is working to realize the dream of becoming a full-fledged vigneron, someone who works the vines and makes the wine. Krista is currently farming a 10 acre plot of vines on Grand Isle, Vermont, gradually converting the vines to organic viticulture. In the meantime she has made wines and co-fermented wine/cider projects from purchase grapes from Texas and Vermont. 

Don Quixote — Back to the top

The grapes in Don Quixote come from the Texas Hill Country AVA is Mason, Texas.

Total Production: 216 cases

Age of Vines: 19 years old

Soil: Clay & Sandy Loam

Varieties: Ruby Cabernet (a cross made from Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon)

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and direct pressed to fiberglass tanks. They ferment with indigenous yeast only, and the wine is transferred to bottle just before fermentation is finished. The wine is unfined, unfiltered and finishes fermentation in bottle as a rosé pet-nat. This wine is disgorged.