California Wines

One of the Most Famous Wine Regions Still Has Its Hidden Gems.

Tucked away in the far reaches of rugged Northern California lies Hyampom Valley – a remote river valley hidden amongst the inter-coastal mountains of Southern Trinity County. The word Hyampom comes from the northern Wintu Indian word “Hien-pom”. The actual meaning is not clear, but there have been many speculations. According to anthropologist, A.L. Kroeber, the term “pom” means “land” or “place” but the meaning of the balance of the word is unknown. “High Valley,” “Low Valley,” “Pleasant Valley,” “Place of Plenty,” and “Place at the Base of the Mountain” are some of the speculations of the actual meaning of the word, Hyampom. The Indians of long ago, so the story goes, would come to Hyampom for the winters. “Hy,” they would say,”is there enough to share with us?” “Hy,” would answer the natives of Hyampom, “there is always plenty here for all.” Hyampom is a fitting name for one of the most remote, and perhaps most ideal, winemaking regions in California.

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Wine Country in California.

R. Merlo Estate Vineyards is located along the banks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River and at the base of South Fork Mountain, the longest contiguous ridge in the continental United States. This wholly unique setting helps create wines that speak to the power and beauty that is Hyampom Valley. Influenced by the idyllic growing season and climate of this small pocket valley, the fruit produced in the R. Merlo Estate Vineyards expresses a strong sense of place. Based on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard, a minimalist approach is taken in the cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley.

R. Merlo Estate Vineyards produces a rare collection of richly flavored and expressive wines. Unlike many California wines, these deep, complex wines are not high in alcohol, nor overripe in flavors. Rather, the wines are naturally big and bold, yet refined and beautiful.

South African Wines

One of the Oldest Wine Regions Still Seeks Recognition.

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The Hottentots-Holland Mountains in South Africa.


South Africa has been producing wine for almost 400 years yet is virtually unknown to the American market! So why not bring in world class wines from a beautiful country at really affordable prices?

South African wines have flown under the radar in the US for quite some time. During the apartheid era the US had sanctions against trade with South Africa. When apartheid ended and trade opened up with South Africa the US market was unaware of the vinous treasures to be found.

The wine industry in South Africa has paved the way to a new brighter future for many people in the Western Cape. Black empowerment programs, scholarship programs, conservation movements, and socioeconomic movements have been started and funded by many in the wine industry.

Here at WPW we work with South African wineries that focus on their responsibilities to their workers, communities, and the environment. Our wineries uphold high standards in all aspects of the wine trade. From how they treat their employees, to the juice they put in the bottles, to the land they live and work on, our wineries consistently exceed expectations and deliver great wine in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner.

We invite you to taste South Africa!

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