V-Twin Vineyards -
A Love Story
Scott and Lisa Del Fava love wine and motorcycles. They were both born and raised in Sonoma County - the heart of California wine country. Scott has spent nearly 25 years working in the wine industry in numerous capacities; most recently as a fine wine buyer for Las Vegas casinos where he spent most of his time tracking down cult wines for the casino customers.
During weekends and in the evenings, Scott and his wife spent their off time cruising the Las Vegas strip with various motorcycle groups.
Around this time, they went down to the River Run in Laughlin, Nevada and later attended Bikefest in Las Vegas. As they looked around, they noticed that most of the attendees were drinking but there was no wine being consumed. From that moment, Scott and Lisa started working toward their dream—to be able to merge their love of fine wine and motorcycles.
Over the next few weeks, Scott and Lisa began brainstorming business ideas and company names and after countless nights and bottles of wine, V-Twin Zin was born. Shortly after life-changing business decision, Scott and Lisa moved back to Sonoma County and went to work on getting licenses and permits in place to begin making wine.
The first release under the V-Twin Vineyards name was the 2004 V-Twin Zin from the prestigious Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg, just ten minutes from Napa. The first wine release was launched in March of 2007 and sold-out in 60 days!
The couples’ suspicions were confirmed! Bike owners, who frequently spend $40,000 - $60,000 on their motorcycles, enjoy well-made wines. For the last few years V-Twin Vineyards have been doing custom crushing and blending at a local winery but rumor has it they are going to be announcing a tasting room where bikers and other wine lovers can come and taste first hand. I will be sure to keep you posted on the location and when they are going to have their open house party because it is definitely going to be a blast!
One last note on the company and its owners; 10% of the first release has gone to charitable auctions. Bottles of wine, before auction, have been signed by people like Russell Mitchell of Exile Choppers, Bert Baker of Baker Drivetrain, Kim Suter of KC Creations, Jay Leno, Scott Webster of Leroy Thompson and many many more.
Ok, so they are cool and have good hearts, but how does the wine taste, right? Well, the V-Twin Vineyards is not just a cool gimmick. Here is a list of some of the awards they have won:
2008 Riverside International Wine Competition
2008 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
2008 San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition
2008 Orange County Fair
If you are like me and enjoy good wine and great biker folk, I suggest you go to their website for more information. Since they are a new start up company and since they support so many charities, I ask that you go and check them out and support them and their efforts. The bottles are great and even if you have more of a beer palate, they make for great gifts. Check ‘em out and tell them I said hey.
Story by Mark Stewart