Testa Vineyard is located in Calpella, California in the Redwood Valley of Mendocino County. This beautiful ranch was founded in 1912 and is being farmed by the 4th and 5th generation of the Testa (Martinson) family. The head trained vines are planted on rolling hills in rocky, red, well drained soils composed of sandy and pebbly loam. The Carignane, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Grenache for Post & Vine were planted in the 1950’s and are dry farmed resulting in small clusters of concentrated, complex fruit.
How does a girl from Washington, DC end up as a winemaker? During spring break at the age of 16 she visited Napa Valley vineyards with her parents, and an Australian friend of her father who was a chemist and a winemaker. At each of the vineyards he explained winemaking and wine tasting to Rebekah. And so Rebekah discovered that her love of science could translate into a product of cultural significance, and frankly just plain old fun. With this realization planted (no pun intended) she went off to Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota to study chemistry and biology. There she was lucky enough to meet Dr Truman Schwartz, a physical chemistry professor and wine lover, who encouraged her dream and told her she should work a harvest in California and get a Master’s degree from UC-Davis. So, that’s exactly what she did.
Now, 16 years after college graduation, she still cannot believe her good fortune – to have become acquainted in her teens with the beautiful Napa Valley and with winemaking, which led to such a fulfilling career.
Erica Kincaid’s first ‘ah-ha’ moment came when she toured a wine cave in Napa Valley in her 20s. The scent of wine aging in barrels hooked her, sending her back repeatedly with the dream of leaving Silicon Valley for wine country.
Years later and with that dream still in the back of her mind, she happened upon a flyer of new home developments, one of which was in Yountville. That little watercolor of cottage homes with picket fences sent her plan into action. While working in the high-tech industry in project management, planning, sales and business operations, she surveyed the dirt in Yountville and bought her future home with the goal of living and working in an environment where whiffs of barrel aging wines were commonplace.
With a BS in Food Science/Dietetics and completing courses in Winery Technology, Erica left her tech career and landed a job at Rutherford Hill Winery as a lab technician and cellar rat for three years. From there she moved on to Rudd Estates where she is today, having happily filled various production, operational, logistics and compliance roles.