Satori Cellars in Gilroy makes magical wine

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Visiting Satori Cellars’ tasting room in Gilroy is as considerably about coming into an enchanted realm as it is about tasting its award-winning wines. Coming as a result of the round door of the entrance portal following to the winery, songs, laughter, light canine and the brightest colors in the rainbow are ready for you there.

The ambiance is peaceful and marginally mystical, which is accurately what co-proprietor Sandy Moller hoped for when she built the cabana-themed out of doors area.

“I needed the location to be a playground for grown ups and youngsters, ” she advised San José Highlight. “Where people today could truly feel the magic, the playfulness and the creative imagination, and it would make them smile, just like using a very little holiday vacation in our wonderland.”

The estate-grown wines contain 9 that not too long ago won medals in the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Level of competition. Considering that to start with moving into the opposition in 2006, the calendar year Satori Cellars was launched, the Santa Clara County vineyard has picked up 86 Chronicle medals.

The portal to Satori Cellars in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Passion created a winery

The vineyard experienced its start off in 1993, when Tom Moller, who was working a semiconductor business at the time, bought a prune orchard—only to uncover the trees ended up diseased. Soon after tearing them out in 1995, he waited 5 decades to opt for an additional crop.

“I had to plant some thing,” he informed San José Spotlight. “I chose grapes for the reason that they are gorgeous, then began as a property winemaker and it type of went out of manage. My occupation was considerably less and less fun and earning wine was far more pleasurable, so I resolved to go whole time into making the winery.”

Tom has no formal training in winemaking, while he took classes in viticulture.

“I just had pals who had been knowledgeable winemakers,” he claimed. “I realized by means of them. Individuals check with for the key to creating wine and I convey to them, ‘my mantra is, don’t screw it up.’ I am a lot more in a guardianship position—so I maintain it very simple and deal with the grapes properly.”

The title of the vineyard comes from the very first two letters of Sandy and Tom’s names, along with their son Riley’s.

“Tom needed to come up with a name that incorporated our family,” Sandy claimed. “He was enjoying with the letters and came up with ‘Satori,’ which is quick to say and to read through. Then we located out in Zen Buddhism it implies a second of enlightenment that could go away, but will occur again once again. It seemed ideal for us, a coming with each other of people today and wine.”

Satori Cellars consumers Cathy Silacci, Stanley Villalobos and Linda Kobiyashi. Picture by Robert Eliason.

Whilst crafting the wine is a severe business, the names and labels reflect the whimsical and mystical character of the homeowners.

The 2019 Harmonic Convergence, a gold medal-profitable petite sirah, syrah and zinfandel blend, is described as “a stability beam of lingonberry, loganberry and black cherry” that “always sticks its dismount.”

The 2019 Cabernet took a gold medal this 12 months and is client Linda Kobiyashi’s favorite. She’s been coming to Satori given that the tasting space opened in 2009.

“I adore their wines and I have had them all,” she explained. “I occur in this article as a lot as achievable due to the fact I love conference all the new men and women who come below and the atmosphere is fantastic. But I never do all the tastings simply because I know I just want my cabernet.”

John Wing, a tasting room staff who uncovered the winery as a purchaser nine years back, favors the 2019 Joyous, a cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot blend which took a bronze medal.

“I was not too confident of the setup that initially time,” he claimed. “It was outdoor, with canine and young ones and all the Caribbean colors. When I came back a next time, I fell in enjoy with the hospitality and the wine—I had under no circumstances joined a wine club in advance of but I joined theirs.”

John Wing with wine club pickups at Satori Cellars. Photograph by Robert Eliason.

Wing started wanting to be on the other side of the counter, so he could serve and market the wine to the associates and guests.

“Tom would make some of the finest wines in Santa Clara County,” he said. “And he is dedicated to putting in the time and hard work to producing anything extraordinary.”

“Exceptional” is a superior phrase for each the wine and the ambiance of Satori.

“We hope that as individuals appear through our portal, they experience cleansed and are coming into a new expertise of satisfaction and camaraderie,” Sandy said. “I can not inform you how numerous friendships have been crafted here, as individuals arrive and linger more than the wine, owning a minute of natural beauty with each other.”

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Satori Cellars has whimsical wine

Site: 2100 Buena Vista Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95020

Cell phone Number: (408) 848-5823

Hours: Open just about every first and 3rd weekend of the month, 12-5 p.m. by reservation

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The award-successful wines of Satori


2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Merlot of the Violet Flame

2019 Harmonic Convergence (Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel)


2019 Oh-So Zin (Zinfandel)

2018 Hallelujah Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

2018 Harmonic Convergence (Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel)

2019 Za-Zin  (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah)


2018 Merlot of the Violet Flame

2019 Joyous (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot)