“Our vision for Wilson Foreigner is to explore the heritage of California and its vineyards. Our goal is to create unique wines with minimal intervention that truly represent the individual vineyards from which they are sourced. ”
- David Wilson, Owner & Winemaker
The result of a friendship forged a decade ago while working a harvest in South Africa, Wilson Foreigner is a collaboration of two husband and wife teams: David & Christine Wilson (pictured), based in Napa Valley, and Chris & Suzaan Alheit in South Africa. In 2014 the friends launched their aptly-named boutique winery, with a focus on vineyard sites and varietals that celebrate the proud heritage of winemaking in California.
Wilson Foreigner currently produces three wines: a Valdiguié (a historically important grape formerly known as “Napa Gamay”) from the Wilson’s own Rancho Chimiles Vineyard located in the southeastern hills of the Vaca Mountain Range in Napa County; a Zinfandel from an “own-rooted” vineyard planted in 1910 at the foot of Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County; and an Albarino grown in ancient soils at 2,000 ft. above sea level in the Sierra Foothills. In the winery, winemaker David Wilson’s philosophy is to intervene as little as possible, crafting fresh, energetic and and pure wines that properly represent their vineyards.
Floral and dried berry aromas are followed by flavors of plum sauce, dried herbs, and bright acidity on the palate.
Rose and fresh plum aromas are followed by flavors of ripe blueberries and warm spice, balanced with beautiful acidity.
Delicate floral aromatics are matched with flavors of sweet lime and dried herbs, soft texture, and a saline minerality on finish.