OWNER: Lopez-Viana Family
WINEMAKER: Santiago Lopez
CASE PRODUCTION: 2,200
Valle de Guadalupe,
Baja California, Mexico
CA, AZ, TX, Chicago, Las Vegas, Reno
2014 Solar Fortun Confabulario
2015 Solar Fortun O Positivo
2013 Solar Fortun Noble Cru
2017 Solar fortun baya baya
Solar Fortun was started in 2008, as a family-owned enterprise of the Lopez-Viana Family. Co-founder, Alberto Lopez guides the daily operations of the winery while his U.C. Davis trained son Santiago, handles the winemaking duties. Considering that Señor Lopez is a well-regarded physicist with a PhD in astrophysics while Santiago is a former member of Mexico’s Olympic Gymnastics Team, they might be one of the region’s most interesting winemaking pairs.
Using only grapes grown in a pristine vineyard tucked away within a hidden valley in Francisco Zarco, the portfolio leans towards Rhone & Bordeaux inspired red wines. In order to maximize the vineyard's potential, all of the vines are certified bench grafted from Napa Valley and all of the rootstocks & clones are either American or French.
In a relatively short period of time, Solar Fortun has become recognized as a “winery to watch”. Given that their 2014
O Positivo is on the list at The French Laundry and their 2014 Confabulario was recently named as 1 of the Top 10 wines in Mexico by Revista Cava magazine, it appears that they can back up that claim on both sides of the border.