Camila Carrillo first came across wine right after high school while working in a tasting room outside Burlington, Vermont. While the wine was mostly conventional, it inspired her to travel to Italy to work in an agriturisimo where her world was opened to the idea of farming and its impact on the land. From there, Camila dove headfirst into the world of wine, working several harvests from Australia to Italy before settling in Vermont and working her way up to an assistant winegrower position with the now iconic La Garagista estate in Barnard, Vermont. La Garagista and its head winemaker/grower Deirdre Heekin has been an inspiration to many for their dedication to hybrid grape varietiesand to biodynamic farming practices.
Camila is currently recuperating a small vineyard and purchasing organically farmed fruit from her neighbors. She cites her grandfather and his farm outside Caracas, Venezuela as the original “La Montañuela” and the inspiration behind this project. Her visits there as a young girl had a profound effect on her as it taught her how to get connected with nature. She was “inspired by his love of the land” which has led her on her own personal quest to “take care of the soil and of our planet.” Her first harvest for La Montañuela, (an imprint of La Garagista) was in 2018 and in 2019 her production grew to 35 cases (she is still fulltime with La Garagista). Camila is looking forward to showcasing the potential and opportunity that hybrid grapes provide, especially in our ever changing world.
Florecita Rockera is a pet-nat made with 90% apples (Macoun, Macintosh, Empire) and 10% grapes (Petite Pearl and Verona). The fruit comes from two sites: an old orchard of primarily Macoun apples in Shoreham and a young vineyard of Petite Pearl and Verona at 1200 feet elevation in Perkinsville. The apples were harvested and crushed, yielding juice and must that were left outside to freeze, thaw, and refreeze until January, concentrating the sugars, then crushed and pressed to tank to ferment. The grapes were harvested, destemmed, foot crushed and fermented in glass demijohns. The wine finished fermentation, then was blended with the cider in March. The blend was bottled at 2 brix for petillant naturel. No additives were used at any point in the process. Cielo is a pet-nat made with 100% Frontenac Blanc from an old, organically farmed single vineyard of Frontenac Blanc in Cambridge Vermont farmed by David Keck of Stella14. Frontenac Gris, a mutation of Frontenac Noir, is a very rare variety in Vermont. The grapes were harvested by hand on September 25th, destemmed and foot crushed on the 26th, and pressed on the 27th into flex tank to ferment. When the fermentation reached 2 brix, the wine was bottled to finish in bottle to create a petillant naturel wine. Disgorged the following February. No additives were used at any point in the process.
Onda de Luz Pet-Nat is La Crescent, from Ellison Estate Vineyard in Grand Isle, Vermont.
Los Enamorados Pet-Nat from 26 varieties of wild apples from central Vermont and the Champlain Valley fermented with La Crescent and Frontenac Gris skins. The cider was bottled at 2 brix on May 18th, 2020. Never disgorged.
Elétrico Rosé is 100% Sabrevois from Walpole Mountain View Winery in Walpole New Hampshire.
Lucho Red is 100% St. Croix from Ellison Estate Vineyard in Grand Isle Vermont, vinified with whole clusters. Named in honor of Camila Carrillo's grandfather, Lucho.
La Noche y Tu is Frontenac Gris, Le Crescent, Petite Pearl, Marquette, and Frontenac Noir from the organically farmed Huntington River Vineyard in Huntington, Vermont. The vineyard was planted in 2006: it is a cooler, high altitude site sheltered by mountains. The grapes were gradually harvested by hand through September and October. The Frontenac Gris and the La Crescent were harvested first, destemmed, foot-crushed and pressed. The red varieties were harvested in October and processed and destemmed, then immediately pressed due to the wet and humid vintage. There was very little quantity, so the grapes were blended and aged in a single demijohn, then bottled in the spring.
Rocio is 100% Marquette from a ½ acre plot of 12-year-old vines planted on clay, limestone, and silty loam soils. This year, for the first time, Camila did all of the farming in this vineyard. Grapes were hand-harvested and destemmed, then crushed by foot and put into macro bin. Fermented on the skins for 18 days without temperature control and with punch downs roughly daily. Then pressed to 80-gallon flex tank and a 14-gallon glass demijohn.