It is fitting that, in Latin, Laetitia means Joy and Happiness. After all, what brings more joy and happiness to life than having family and friends around your table, enjoying time together over a great meal with amazing wines?
Our story is enriched by the experiences of our visitors who come here to make this their winery and savor all we have to offer. We are thankful to be in this beautiful location and to have visitors and club members who come back time and again to learn more about wine and enjoy our world-class Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, sparkling wines and other varietals.
It is important to us that we preserve the beauty and bounty of our vineyard for future generations to enjoy. Our vineyard practices are sustainable and we continue to research and employ best practices and technological advances to become ever more so. We embrace the chance to combine the best of art and science in making wines we are proud to share with you.
The whole team here looks forward to welcoming you to Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. So please come by soon for a visit to taste our beautiful wines and share some joy and happiness with us!
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery has a prestigious heritage, rich in French tradition that is still evident in the style and grace of the wines today. In 1982, French viticulturists from the esteemed champagne house, Champagne Deutz searched California for a suitable site to begin growing and producing méthode champenoise sparkling wines in America. They likened the soils and climate of the Arroyo Grande Valley to those found in their native Epernay, France and thus Maison Deutz was born. About 185 acres were planted to pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot blanc and for more than 13 years, Maison Deutz enjoyed an excellent reputation for outstanding méthode champenoise sparkling wines.
In 1997, Maison Deutz was purchased by vineyard owner Jean-Claude Tardivat who renamed the winery Laetitia after his daughter. At this time, the winery's focus began to shift from sparkling wine to still wine production of Burgundian-style varietals. Several years of experimentation making estate-grown Pinot Noir revealed that the quality was exceptional, confirming that Laetitia Vineyard is a premier site for this noble varietal.
The winery was then acquired by a partnership that included Selim Zilkha. In 2001, Selim obtained sole ownership of Laetitia and assumed leadership of the brand. Selim brings a remarkably successful and varied business background to Laetitia as well as passion and dedication to working with the team to produce truly outstanding wines. It is fitting that in Latin the name ‘Laetitia' means Joy and Happiness. After all, what brings more joy and happiness to life than having family and friends around your table, enjoying time together over a great meal and amazing wines?