The Story Behind the Wine: Rte Blanc Sauvigon Blanc
By Linzi Gay
When you glance at a map, those thin, white roads might not catch your attention. After all, they often seem to lead to obscure places, far from your intended destination. In a rush to get from Point A to Point B, you’re more likely to focus on the prominent red roads. However, these overlooked white roads hold remarkable significance as they grant access to remote areas, rural communities, and captivating points of interest. They also offer a chance to embark on an exhilarating adventure along the way.
During a cycling expedition through the Alps with his friend Jay in 1986, Gary realized that the true joy of exploration lay in following the less-traveled paths. Instead of fixating on reaching specific destinations, their journey became a voyage of discovery, uncovering new routes and meandering down tiny roads that led to intriguing places. Their white road odysseys took them through renowned mountain passes like the Stelvio, the Furka, and the Passo Gavia.
As Gary eloquently put it, “On the white road, it is about the road itself. On the white road, you must travel light. The white road is quiet. It’s about simplicity. It’s often adventurous. You need to dig deep. Sometimes there is no road. You have to trust your gut.”
Inspired by both Gary and Kit’s cycling adventures, as well as the thrill of crafting wine and building a business in the wine industry, we created our Rte Blanc Sauvignon Blanc. Translated to “white road” in French, this wine serves as an homage to their journey. It’s the perfect companion for savoring after a day filled with adventure and exploration, especially when enjoyed in the company of friends, family, and delicious food.
Rte Blanc is made from organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in our Valle di Sotto Estate Vineyard nestled in California’s Napa Valley. With its lively acidity and vibrant flavors of citrus, green apple, and tropical fruits, this wine captures the essence of the white road experience. The label on the bottle portrays Gary on the Passo Gavia in 1986, commemorating his very first white road journey alongside Jay.