SonVida is the dream of David S. and Sonia R., a Brit-Argentina marriage, two former journalists who dreamed of owning a vineyard and making a world-class wine.
Today that dream is a reality. Both of their wines are award winners, and their SonVida Malbec 2012 has earned the number 4 spot in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Top 100.
"This gorgeous Malbec gets it right. Compact, minerally aromas of blackberry are deep and a bit feral. The palate is juicy and pulses with ribald berry fruit and acidity. Blackberry flavors are beefy, salty and a touch roasted, while the finish is baked, rich and perfectly oaked. - Michael Schachner"
Almost 20 years ago, Sonia and David went back-packing in the wine country of Northern California and fell in love with the idea of owning a vineyard.
SonVida is Sonia's life and David's dream. After an international career in television news for the BBC, ITN and CNN, Sonia began her adventure in wine. She is a Certified Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers, and has an international Wine MBA from the Bordeaux Ecole de Management.
After a career as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and ITN, David was a diplomat with the United Nations, and special adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. David is also a Certified Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers, and holds an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) of London. David is the author of Dream On, a book about their wine adventure, published by Quartet Books, London.
SonVida is in the heart of Malbec country, the Valle de Uco, in a small area known as Altamira, close to the village of La Consulta. Their neighbors are Chandon, Catena, and Achaval Ferrer. Close by, sharing the valley, are O.Fournier, Clos de los Siete, Finca La Celia, and Lurton.
Their terroir is defined by the Andes. They are at 1,029 meters (3,376 feet) above sea level. Snow melts high in the mountains, and waters the vines. The earth is strewn with rounded pebbles, carried down the Andes over millennia, by streams and glaciers. The sun shines brightly 330 days a year. The cooling nighttime breezes help the grapes keep their freshness and mature with full flavors.
David Smith with Fran & Joe Kysela
David Smith with portrait of his wife Sonia Ruseler