Orange County residents Eric and Lindsay Carucci founded Carucci Wines with the goal of making site-driven and vintage-reflective wines from the Central Coast.
Eric grew up in San Diego and became fascinated with wine post-college. He met a local winemaker whose family had a vineyard in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, and the winemaker advised him to stop asking questions, buy some fruit, and make some wine. Eric did just that, and hasn’t looked back.
At first, the financial challenges of starting a winery seemed overwhelming, but his spouse and family offered their support. Fortunately, Eric had a solid income at US Bank where he dealt with mortgage-backed securities, and could pursue his dream without going into debt. He made his first commercial wine in 2010, a Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, but soon decided to pursue the less-popular Rhone varietals grown in cooler sites of the Central Coast.
The small-production wines offered (a total of 600 cases in the 2013 vintage), are Rhone varietals including reds (syrah and grenache), and whites (roussane and viognier). The vineyard sources are unique, including one of the oldest roussane vineyards in the Central Coast (Zaca Mesa Vineyard) and the first planting of viognier in the Sta. Rita Hills (Sanford & Benedict Vineyard).
A conversation with Eric Carucci detailing his background, how he got into winemaking, and what his current goals are is now posted on Orange County’s Grape Radio at graperadio.com
The wines are available at carucciwines.com. Tasting is available by email or phone on a limited basis. Significant discounts and privileges are available to wine club members.