In 2005, the principals of TKG acquired a 10 acre organic vineyard, planted to four clones of syrah — Alban, Bien Nacido, Syrah Noir and Durell. The vineyard is located at the conjunction of the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley AVA's, in a beautiful terraced bowl.
The original plan was to continue to sell grapes to Landmark Winery, which has made its Steel Plow Syrah exclusively with grapes from the vineyard since its inception. Steel Plow garnered a 94 Wine Spectator rating for its 2006 and was ranked 19th out of the top 100 for that year.
In 2007, Jordan Kivelstadt, the principals' son, who had been studying winemaking for several years, bought a few tons of grapes from the vineyard and bottled his first vintage of Pavo Estate Syrah. It sold out and received very good reviews. In 2008, he continued with Pavo, expanding slightly.
In 2009, it was determined that it would be helpful to offer some variety. As a result, Dog Daze and Qualia Wines were born.
Dog Daze represents the fun and value oriented wines — sauvignon blanc and rosé. In the future, there may be a red blend.
Pavo remains the star — the Kivelstadt Vineyard Estate Syrah.
Qualia embraces both Dog Daze and Pavo, as an umbrella, but is also the label for our red wine blends and our more complex whites.
For more information, please see our website at www.qualiawines.com.