The appropriately named Flora, a cross of Gewürztraminer and Semillon, was developed by Dr. Harold Olmo, UC Davis’ legendary geneticist, as an aromatic varietal suitable for the hot growing conditions of California’s prolific Central Valley. The grape succeeded on the aromatic side of the equation, but has largely proven unsuccessful in warmer climes due to its inability to retain acidity in these conditions.

Ultimately failing to prove its worth as a suitable grape for the blended jug wine industry, Flora has demonstrated its potential as a varietal in the cooler conditions of New Zealand, where it is known to have produced some critically applauded and stylish wines in the 1970s. Unfortunately, Flora’s aromatic and full bodied wines seemed out of place with the popular market taste of the day. Failing to meet with widespread appeal Downunder, the variety was largely forgotten about until it resurfaced more than two decades later.

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  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014


    The aromatic, fresh and inviting fruit aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry and red currant are a bit buttery here on the nose. Silky textured on entry, this develops a prickly acidity in the mouth as the tannins take hold, yet delivers bright black cherry and black currant fruit throughout, zesty baking spice and a juicy pie filling towards the cho... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay Napa 2015


    Lemon cream and pear aromas with a honeyed green apple and golden raisin note. Silky and creamy in the mouth with pleasant oak spice and flavors of pear, peach and green apple. This has great length with a lingering spice and an almost green note of fresh herb and candied orange peel. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. ... I have had a sweet spot for Flora Springs, especially during the month of October when Halloween is celebrated there like no other winery in the Napa Valley. Every year, the Flora Springs winemaking team releases small-lot, varietal wines just for Halloween to honor it... Read More

    From the article It's Not Too Late for Wine and Candy Pairings

  • Stella Flora Maria Pia Castelli Marche IGT Bianco 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • "You think that by being a locavore you are also being a tree ... all ... all wine culture) had other flora in place first. Greece, Italy and the northern Mediterranean coastlines were likely the earliest but they all had other growth before grapes--not to mention the forests of France and Germany and Austria and Hungary that got cut down with... Read More

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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... frequently relying on native flora for fermentation and more often than not, stored in wooden cooperage for some period of time to mature and concentrate before bottling. When Joe Swan took me under his wing in the early 1970’s, his fastidious winemaking techniqu... Read More

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  • Well, the welcome mat is usually out. We're about five degrees cooler than ... and fantastic spring flora. Plenty of deer and wild turkey- no hunting, unfortunately- and even some black bear.Gary Galleron is now the winemaker at Fiftyrows (sic), and I'm looking forward to receiving the trial bottles I ordered. I hope he hasn't lost his touc Read More

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  • I am nearing three quarters of a century on this planet. I live in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of north Georgia, in a gated community called Big Canoe. We're about seventy miles north of Atlanta. We DO have some fair vineyards in the area- not Napa or Sonoma yet, but improving yearly.I belonged to a wine tasting group here in Big ... Read More

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  • NG, I agree that you and I are not terribly apart.Darren, Governor Brown issued ... ... replacing water guzzling flora with more drought tolerant examples, communities not overwatering boulevard median dividers (a sin here in Diamond Bar where we often see water draining off the Diamond Bar Blvd. median).  There is some talk of replacing grass ... Read More

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  • Dmcker,I think it is very difficult to develop any "private" land in ... have to pull out the native flora which is a no-no in that area.  Vineyards would also have other impacts- like water use or any pesticides (organic or not) that would be used.  Access is not great- Highway one is about it, and if we ever get rain again, it usually shuts ... Read More

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