St. Amant Winery is a family owned winery located in Lodi, California that prides itself in producing handcrafted wines of superb quality. Founded in 1979 by Tim and Barbara Spencer, St. Amant crafts distinctive wines from Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian varietals in addition to California’s own Zinfandel.
All our grapes, whether from Lodi or our estate vineyard in Amador County, are carefully grown and selected for producing fruit of top quality. We strongly believe that all great wines are made in the vineyard, and meticulously focus on balanced vines with low yields to produce our handcrafted wines.
We strive to make food-friendly, delicious wines that reflect the people and place that grew them. We believe all our wines have a story to tell, and it’s our job to tell their story.
Our Winemaking Techniques
Our winemaking follows simple and traditional techniques designed for maximum expression of each of the vineyard sites. First, we spend a great deal of time to harvest at the optimal point where sugar, acid, and flavor come together in perfect balance. We hand harvest and carefully sort the grapes at the crusher/destemmer to remove leaves and imperfect clusters. We ferment in small tanks with a high juice to skin ratio. We carefully handle the must with gentle pumpovers, delestage, and hand punchdowns. We press and rack to small oak barrels for a natural malolactic fermentation. And we only utilize high quality coopers and a variety of French and American oaks for added complexity. We bottle with minimal rackings, fining, and filtration.
We strive to create fruit driven, food-friendly delicious wines, and firmly believes that wine, first and foremost, is a beverage of pleasure, best enjoyed with family and friends.