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Raising the Vines at Cielo

William, Richard and Diana enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Malibu, California is a burgeoning appellation for producing wine. Emerging from the Saddlerock Malibu AVA, Cielo Farms is making a splash along the coast.

Nestled on a hill with a 360-degree view, Cielo Farms is surrounded by vines that curl about the hills and blanket the sun-drenched slopes of the canyons.

Cielo was established in 2002. Here, the grapes are treated to long days of hot sun. At night, the mountains breathe as the vines prepare for the next day’s heat. Sweetened by the sun, these vines produce robust, flavorful grapes. Created with attention to every detail, the wines they produce are simply fantastic.

The Hirsh Malibu Estate Cielo Wineyard Syrah 2006 won the Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. They also received two bronze medals for the 2006 Malibu Rouge a “September Cellar Selection†by renowned wine expert, Joel Fisher (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc) and the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 3 Reserve. That is impressive for a vineyard only established in 2002.

 Brothers William and Richard Hirsh survey the vines

Cielo founders Diana and Richard Hirsh, and his brother William, Director of Cielo Malibu Estate Wineyards, grew up with brother Jon in the shadow of the Santa Monica Mountains. They are close, though Jon is not in the business. All three share a lifelong love for wine.

Richard Hirsh’s career as a vintner followed his success in the garment industry with JohnPaulRichard, a trendy clothing company he started after leaving his sophomore year of college.

Richard and Diana live atop the vineyards in a warm, friendly estate. Their gracious home, reminiscent of an old hunting lodge, is cradled in the mountain terrain. Inside, the glass doors open to an infinity pool and that priceless landscape. Yes, this is Malibu and it is perfect for growing wine.

Saddlerock-Malibu is a very exclusive terroir. Cielo neighbors Ron and Lisa Semler, owners of Malibu Wines, sought the designation. “They were nice enough to include us in their appellation,†said Richard. Cielo wines are available at the Malibu Wines tasting room located on Mulholland Highway, run by the Semlers and Glen Gerson of neighboring Calamigos Ranch. Cielo hopes to have a tasting room in the future.

Cielo is expanding their “Woodstock Collection†and their Syrah and Syrah blends, which are well suited in the region. But, said Richard, “we aren’t interested in competing with lower or mid-tier wineries. Small production,†he said, “but big, rich wines!†In 2009 they will introduce a line of cold-pressed olive oil and oil blends made from over 1000 Greek, California and Tuscan olive trees on the ranch.

Wine-lovers can find Cielo wines in a “Who’s-Who†of LA restaurants, including Saddlepeak Lodge, Il Cielo, the Drago restaurants (Enotica Drago, Drago, Drago Centro, opening downtown in November, and Celestino in Pasadena), Crustacean, Tuscany, Riviera, Akbar and Valentino. Pierro Salveggio at Valentino was a huge endorsement for Cielo. “When he embraced our family and our wines, we were honored,†said William. “He really gave us the confidence to go into the next zone. And for our wines to be accepted into the Drago family of restaurants is an honor and a privilege for us. It reinforces our resolve to produce incredible wines!â€

“It’s a huge accomplishment,†said William.

For more information, or to join the wine club, visit www.cielofarms.com

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