wine tasting friday and saturday, july 2 & 3 7pm
Belle Ambiance, which in French means 'beautiful atmosphere,' is inspired by a true place of natural beauty, nestled in our family vineyard, where an ancient oak tree provides shelter and an enchanting spot to relax.
Throughout our 90+ years of grape growing and winemaking in California, we have enjoyed many perfect moments under the shade of its this ancient oak tree. It is the ideal place to sit back, watch the sun set and bask in the beauty with friends and a delicious glass of Belle Ambiance wine.
A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO NURTURE THE LAND
For more than 90 years, our family has been growing grapes and making wine in California. Many long-term ties to the land
and to its people compel us to carefully conserve natural resources at our certified sustainable winery.
In the vineyards of Belle Ambiance, we use rootstocks that are less thirsty and more resistant to pests. We also take other measures to carefully conserve precious resources, including planting cover crops to nurture the soil and reduce erosion, composting green waste, establishing wildlife corridors, installing owl boxes and hawk perches, lining canals and reservoirs to minimize water loss, and using beneficial insects to prey on vineyard pests—a practice that reduces pesticide use.
In our winery buildings, we take water used for washing barrels and tanks and send it to the vineyards to water the vines. We have also greatly reduced our electricity consumption. By replacing heavy glass molds with lighter weight molds, we have significantly dropped package weight so it takes less fuel to deliver our wine to stores and restaurants. Our advanced recycling and composting programs minimize or eliminate waste.
CRAFTED BY TRADITION. INSPIRED BY LIFE.
HandCraft is an artisan collection of wines that celebrate our family's California home and Italian heritage. Our wines are a nod to the traditional, vineyard-to-barrel field selections that found a place at her family’s dining table.
SENIOR DIRECTOR, WINEMAKING
Alicia Ysais was destined to be a winemaker from birth. Born in the small farming town of Hughson, CA, she was surrounded by vineyards and had both of her parents involved with grape growing.
Alicia holds a biochemistry degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and intended to pursue a career in the health industry. Shortly, after beginning a Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona, she had a change of heart and returned to California.
Alicia's status on the winemaking team rapidly grew, and she assumed increasing responsibility for the production of red, white and rosé wines. In 2006, she was named to the position of Senior Winemaker for Delicato Family Vineyards.
In 2010, Alicia met with Cheryl Indelicato to explore Cheryl’s long-held dream of developing her own wine brand, which she ultimately named HandCraft Artisan Collection. To implement this, Alicia immediately began to select vineyard lots from the Indelicato’s Monterey and Lodi properties that would reflect the style appropriate to Cheryl's goal, namely wines that are fruit-forward, distinct, easy to drink and pair well with food.