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Martellotto Winery Thanks SoCal COVID-19 Healthcare Workers with Wine Donation

Martellotto Winery Thanks SoCal COVID-19 Healthcare Workers with Wine Donation

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Santa Barbara County Martellotto Winery recently sent a heartfelt THANK YOU to hospital and other healthcare workers battling COVID-19 from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

The winery, which donated over 30 cases, joined other Santa Barbara Wine Country members to send bottles of wine at no charge to front-line workers. The wineries wanted to recognize hospital workers and allow them to relax at the end of another hard day.

Martellotto Winery donates 30 cases to frontline health workers

A total of 550 cases were donated to doctors, nurses and other medical staff at hospitals in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.

The organization created individual care packages with a thank you note attached to each bottle by hand, in appreciation of their work and dedication to healing those suffering from the coronavirus. 

The following hospitals, among others, received the donated wine: 

  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation 
  • Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation 
  • Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation 
  • UCLA Health (multiple locations and clinics throughout Los Angeles) 
  • St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo 
  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County 
  • Anaheim Medical Center 
  • Mission Hospital Mission Viejo 

“Martellotto Winery is honored to be invited to contribute to this effort of recognizing our Southern California healthcare workers. While the California wine trade has been deeply impacted by the events surrounding COVID-19, we wanted to let our healthcare workers know that we understand the magnitude of what they are doing every day. We hope that having a glass of wine at the end of a shift provides them at least a moment of relief and relaxation,” said the owner, Greg Martellotto. 

 

Martellotto Winery Donation to Covid-19 Frontline Workers

Greg’s winery produces award-winning wines from specially selected vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County. As the only winery crafting single varietal wines from each of the Bordeaux wine grapes, his wines stand out in this region known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Located in Buellton, Martellotto Winery is a member of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association and supporter of the Santa Ynez wine community. The entire staff sends a huge THANK YOU to everyone working in the healthcare industry in Southern California.

Martellotto Winery supports Covid-19 frontline workers through donation

About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful, and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. 

Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux varietals. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.

Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

https://martellotto.com/

 

Santa Barbara Martellotto Winery Welcomes Star Trek: Picard at Sunstone Winery

Santa Barbara Martellotto Winery Welcomes Star Trek: Picard at Sunstone Winery

Beam me up to Santa Barbara Wine Country! Martellotto Winery owner Greg Martellotto is excited about welcoming Hollywood to the region. Last year, Star Trek: Picard filmed in the area at Sunstone Winery. Now, Trekkies will venture out to explore the region and experience all that Santa Barbara Wine Country offers.

"I think it's fantastic that the Los Angeles entertainment industry is helping our young wine region gain additional exposure by filming more projects in beautiful Santa Barbara wine country,” says Greg. “This is truly one of the most lovely places in the world, and we love sharing our bounty with visitors. We hope fans of Star Trek will visit “Chateau Picard” and other neighboring wineries."

Star Trek fans to visit Chateau Picard and other santa barbara wineries

The new series features Patrick’s Stewart’s Captain Picard retired to his family vineyard in France. However, the actual vineyard and winery featured in the series belong to the Sunstone Winery near Santa Ynez in southern California. Santa Ynez is part of the Santa Ynez AVA wine region in the greater Santa Barbara County wine region.

Being so close to Hollywood offered significant cost and time savings versus filming in France. Built with materials shipped in from southern France, Sunstone’s “French-style” winery appears authentic on screen.

Martellotto Winery is located only a mere eight miles from Sunstone Winery in Buellton

Martellotto Winery is located only a mere eight miles from Sunstone Winery in Buellton. As a neighboring winery, Greg encourages Trekkies to stop by for a taste of his award-winning Bordeaux-style wines. 

Visiting some of the many wineries in the area should be on any Trekkies’ agenda. Beyond Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, visitors will enjoy tasting different varieties and styles of wine available.

In the wine triangle of Buellton, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez, visitors can spend an entire day without driving more than 30 miles. 

star trek picard toasts the new hollywood series with santa barbara county wine

With great restaurants, comfy accommodations, easy driving and parking, beautiful vistas, and delicious wine, Santa Barbara Wine Country delivers the perfect vacation. 

Though only a short drive from Los Angeles, this wine region is a world away from the hustle of the big city. Anyone, including Trekkies, will be seduced by the laid-back wine lifestyle of Santa Barbara Wine Country.

When visiting Sunstone Winery, die-hard Star Trek fans can toast the new series with Picard, Data, and the rest of the cast. 

Greg Martellotto encourages Trekkies making the pilgrimage to Sunstone to branch out. By visiting other wineries, they can enjoy the region’s celebration of food, wine, and good company. Costumes welcome!

martellotto winery encourages Trekkies making the pilgrimage to sunstone winery to visit the surrounding wineries

About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. 

Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux-style wines. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.


Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

https://martellotto.com/

Trump Tariff War Raising Supply Chain Costs for California Wineries

Trump Tariff War Raising Supply Chain Costs for California Wineries

Ask small business owner Greg Martellotto his opinion of Trump tariffs, and he’ll talk about the unintended consequences that are not being discussed and are largely invisible.

“They’re trying to punish the Chinese for something that clearly has nothing to do with (glass.) And who’s paying the bill? Me! And American small businesses. No one’s talking about it, no one that I’m aware of,” says Greg. “These things don’t seem to be well thought out. It doesn’t make sense.”

Here is a bit of background of the U.S. - China tariff situation:

  • 5/10/2019: U.S. increased tariff rates on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%, an escalation of ongoing trade tensions with China.
  • 6/1/2019: China increased tariffs on American wine from 48% to 93%.
  • 9/1/2019: China increased tariffs by 5-10% on one-third of American imports. U.S. retaliated with an additional 15% tariff on $112 billion of Chinese imports.

Tariff War Raising Supply Chain Costs for California Wineries

The California wine industry, already dealing with tight domestic glass supply amid rising costs, shifted sourcing to China. Today most California wineries use bottles made in China. But now new tariffs on Chinese glass make managing costs and margins that much more challenging.

Greg’s Santa Barbara County winery, Martellotto Winery, produces Martellotto wine and private label wine. For a recent private label bottling, he absorbed a 21% tariff on Chinese glass, a direct impact on his bottom line.

“The Chinese glass that we use for an inexpensive private bottling now has a 21% tariff on it, as a result of Trump’s tariffs. When you’re dealing with inexpensive wines, this is a real number, because there’s not much margin.”

Finding alternative sources for glass can be a challenge due to timing and costs, but many find themselves searching. Shifting supply takes time, and many wineries, especially smaller ones, might not have that luxury.

For example, when Greg tried to buy domestic glass, the lead time was 3 months. U.S. suppliers were either sold out and backed-up with orders. He had to turn to buying imported glass from China in order to keep his business moving and bottle the wine.

The unintended consequences of tariff wars affect the wine industries in both the U.S., and China, on both sides of the supply chain.

When Trump increased tariffs on Chinese imports to 25%, China raised rates on a range of U.S. imports, including California wine. 

China Tariffs Raising Supply Chain Costs for California Wineries

China then levied rates of up to 93% on California wine, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the sale of California wines to China.

China can source wine from other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and South America, which have much lower rates and free trade agreements in place. 

A small-businessman like Greg might seem to have an advantage because not only does he own a winery, he has an import/wholesale wine business, and a direct-to-consumer wine business. But the tariff wars impact each of these businesses in different ways. 

No one in the wine trade is exempt from some impact and even if the tariffs are short-lived, the consequences might not be.

Greg asks of the politicians in Washington D.C.:

  • What was the original intention of the duties and why? 
  • Who do we intend to punish?
  • What are the unintended consequences? 

All excellent questions that remain unanswered.

“If the politicians don’t consider the impact on small businesses of these decisions, more small businesses will suffer, and many will go out of business.”

Martellotto Winery

About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. 

Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux varietals. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.

Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

https://martellotto.com/