Park Estates’ Best Kept Secret

Do you ever have a secret you just want to keep for yourself? I do, but at the same time, I feel a civic obligation to inform our residents of a true hidden gem. One of our very own Park Estates residents, Demetria Hayward, is the name behind my little secret. The name Demetria has the ancient Greek meaning of “Goddess of the Harvest” and is the name of my favorite winery, Demetria Estate.

Demetria Estate is located above Santa Ynez Valley in Los Olivos, California. Demetria’s parents John and Sandra Zahoudanis own the winery and named it after their daughter. John grew up farming in Greece and left the rat race in Manhattan Beach to fulfill his love for farming. Their son, Alexis is the general manager, making it a true family run business. Australian born, Harry Waye, is the head winemaker and he is pretty much like family. Harry’s approach to winemaking is very minimalistic, but produces a very complex wine that is food-friendly. The 213 acres include 38 high elevations that contribute to this complexity. Demetria Estate produces Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache and
Mourvedre for reds and Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne for whites. Within any vintage sampled, you can truly taste the careful stewardship of the land, which is the philosophy of Demetria Estate.

My family and I had the pleasure of visiting this treasure last summer and haven’t been able to get it out of our minds ever since. Once you enter the gates, imagine driving for miles down a winding road, with sweeping vistas of vine-covered hills. We felt transported to the rolling hills of Tuscany and could not believe we were a few hours away from Los Angeles. The tasting rooms extend to an outdoor patio where you can sample an impeccable Rose and take in the sweeping views while cajoling with Gravy, the family dog.

Do yourself a favor and see this amazing place for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to make a reservation for wine tasting as parking is limited. John and Sandra have been generous enough to offer two for one wine tasting by mentioning you are a Park Estates resident! Demetria Estate is located at:
6701 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 92441


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