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  • TAHOE LOCALS

  • CALIFORNIA GRAPES

  • ITALIAN ROOTS

At Tahoe-based Illanta Wines, we make small batch, limited production wines
with exceptional grapes sourced from California’s wine country.
  

 
about illanta wines

The mission of Illanta Wines is to craft superb wines while positively impacting Lake Tahoe’s local environment and community. After a day of adventuring, we invite you to enjoy a glass of wine with a spirit that runs deep.

 
the story of illanta wines

Our Story

Founded by two friends who share a passion for strong community and great wine, Illanta Wines is the inspiration of Jessica Stanley and Allison Yonto. Illanta started as an idea between friends: What if we made a wine that not only delivered distinctive taste but also gave back to the community that’s given us so much? Jessica and Allison moved to California’s Lake Tahoe area and met each other through a mutual love of outdoor adventures and gatherings abundant with close friends, quality food, and great wine. They decided to take a leap and bring their passions together by launching Illanta Wines in a place nobody expected a wine label to take shape: in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. They enlisted the help of experienced winemaker Eric Hansen, sourced high-quality grapes from California’s nearby wine country, and together, they released their first bottles of Illanta Wines in 2016.  

 

Our Grapes

From our home base amongst the high peaks and majestic emerald waters of Lake Tahoe, we bring you exclusive, small batch wines produced from grapes sourced from Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara’s Santa Rita Hills. As an “Urban” Winery we have the flexibility to source grapes for the appellations where each varietal grows best, setting up the perfect foundation for high quality wine, and allowing us to work with farmers and growers using sustainable, environmentally-sound farming practices to create each vintage. 

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Our Roots

The name Illanta stems from our founder’s Italian heritage. Co-founder Allison Yonto’s great grandfather, who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy, had the family’s last name changed when he arrived in the States. It was originally Illanta (pronounced ‘Yahn-Ta’). Her grandfather shared with her family the value of hardwork, positivity, and gratitude. Both Jessica and Allison see aspects of Italy in their adopted home in Tahoe: It’s a place where the community gathers to relish close friends, beautiful surroundings, and the many tastes of life.

 
 
 
 
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In addition to on our website, Illanta Wines are available at the Uncorked Wine Bars in Truckee, Squaw Valley, & Tahoe City. Our Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is featured by the bottle at Trokay Restaurant in Truckee and our Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel at River Grill in Tahoe City.  

 

2013 Illanta Wines Zinfandel
Howell Mountain, Napa County
 

Our 2013 Zinfandel is a beautiful example of the delicious mountain fruit from the Beatty Ranch Vineyard. Ruby red in color and complemented by a deliciously aromatic nose, the wine’s bright red mountain berry flavors are balanced with subtle tannins and a light oak finish from aging in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. This very approachable Zinfandel requires little to no aging, however it will mature nicely for several years, gaining complexity. 

Production | 300 Bottles
Harvest Date | 10/16/2013
Harvest Brix | 26
Bottling Date | 12/4/2015
Alcohol | 14.5%
pH | 3.60
TA | 6.5 g/L

*Note: Winery pickup option is available by appointment only. Please email hello@illantawines.com to schedule.

 

2014 Illanta Wines Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Production | 300 Bottles
Harvest Date | 9/17/2014
Harvest Brix | 25.5
Bottling Date | 4/12/16
Alcohol | 14.9%
pH | 3.55
TA | 6.6 g/L

*Note: Winery pickup option is available by appointment only. Please email hello@illantawines.com to schedule. 

Our 2014 Zinfandel was harvested from the Grist Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma. Grapes were cold soaked, fermented, and barreled down in a mix of new and used French oak barrels. Our dark garnet Zinfandel is a polished blend of blackberry and black cherry flavors with nuances of vanilla and dark chocolate. It’s silky in texture while full bodied and persistent in flavor.  

 

2014 Illanta Wines Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara Valley

 

Sourced from Courtney’s Vineyard in the cool hills of Santa Barbara, our 2014 Chardonnay is bright and crisp. After harvest, grapes were whole-cluster pressed into tank then barreled down into neutral French oak barrels that were kept cold to ensure slow fermentation and preserve flavors. Golden yellow in color, our Chardonnay has vibrant flavors of apple, pineapple and mango with soft aromas of vanilla and caramel. This well-structured wine is full bodied with an energetic fresh finish.  

 

Production | 300 Bottles
Harvest Date | 09/02/14
Harvest Brix | 23.2
Bottling Date | 04/12/16
Alcohol | 14.4% 
pH | 3.60
TA | 6.9 g/L 

*Note: Winery pickup option is available by appointment only. Please email hello@illantawines.com to schedule.

 

2016 Illanta Wines Sauvignon Blanc                                                               Yountville, Napa Valley

Production | 300 Bottles
Harvest Date | 09/02/14
Harvest Brix | 23.2
Bottling Date | 04/12/16
Alcohol | 14.4% 
pH | 3.60
TA | 6.9 g/L

Our first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc uses organic grapes sourced from Morgaen Lee Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Yountville AVA. It has balanced flavors of tropical fruits, mineral essences and herbaceous notes. Crisp and elegant, it fills the senses with melon, guava, citrus blossom and a touch of freshly mown grass before the first sip. With a mouth-filling, bright acidity, it delivers a clean, soft finish and tastes of grapefruit, stone fruit and a hint of baking spice.

 

*Note: Winery pickup option is available by appointment only. Please email hello@illantawines.com to schedule.

 

Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Glasses                                                                       Set of Two

Unique shatterproof stainless steel wine glasses designed for outdoor use. High performance vacuum insulation keeps wine cool insulating it from the warmth of your hand without sacrificing taste, temperature or elegance. Durably constructed of double-walled stainless steel for piece of mind in any environment. The stemless wide base design allows the glass to rest stably on sand, grass, a picnic blanket or a variety of uneven surfaces. Each glass weighs just under 5.5 oz. and holds 11 oz. filled to the rim but is perfectly balanced for a standard 6 oz. wine pour. Crafted of food grade 18/8 stainless steel with an electropolished interior, the glass will not absorb odors or flavors and is easy to clean.

*Note: Winery pickup option is available by appointment only. Please email hello@illantawines.com to schedule.

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SIGN UP FOR OUR PASSHOLDER PROGRAM!

The Passholder Program is our exclusive Wine Club designed to allow Illanta Wines’ supporters first access to our new vintages, before they’re available to the public. Our production is limited release, but by joining the Passholder Program, you’ll be able to secure wines before they sell out. Every time a new wine is ready for sale you will receive your selected bottle allocation (1, 2, 6 or 12 bottles) either via shipment or for pick up at the winery. We expect to have 2 to 4  varietals released per year. Each shipment is based on the retail price of the bottles in the shipment, with a 10% discount. You’ll also receive our quarterly newsletter with seasonal growing and harvest highlights, upcoming area event information, and news about the charitable organizations you’re helping to support.

 
 
tahoe community events

Come visit us this summer at these upcoming events: 

Summer BBQ at Crest Cafe (Music, BBQ and Tastings!) - August 17th

Pitchfork and the Pan, Tahoe Food Hub Pop Up Dinner Fundraiser - August 20th, September 7th, September 19th

Ritz Carlton North Lake Tahoe Tasting - September 2nd

Alpen Wine Fest in Squaw Valley - September 3rd

Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar - September 9th 

Email us at hello@illantawines.com to coordinate a Private Tasting.  

 
 

Past Events: 

  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Truckee CA
  • Uncorked Winemaker Event during the Tahoe Made Festival | Uncorked Wine Bar, Squaw Valley
  • Slate Art Opening at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Hosted by Mountain Living Magazine
  • Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships Film Fest Gala and Auction | Copperlane Cafe at Northstar Village
  • Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships Dinner and Auction | Fireside Pizza at Squaw Valley Village
  • Ritz Carlton Tastings (Multiple) | Ritz Carlton North Lake Tahoe
  • Farm Truck Food Fair Benefit for Tahoe Food Hub | Granite Chief Ski and Mtn Shop, Truckee
  • Sips and Salutations Yoga and Wine Workshop | Northstar Village
  • Autumn Food and Wine Festival | Northstar Village (Won Silver Medal for Pairing of Illanta 2014 Chardonnay and The Rocker at Squaw "taco")
  • Squaw Alpen Wine Festival | Squaw Valley Village
  • Crest Cafe Summer BBQ | Crest Cafe and Catering, Alpine Meadows Road
  • Squaw Art Wine and Music 2016 and 2017 | Squaw Valley Village
  • Uncorked Release Party | Uncorked Tahoe City
  • Media Launch | Tahoe Sailing Charters

 

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illanta wines community
 

Our goal at Illanta Wines is to make high-quality wine that’s designed to be shared amongst friends—and also has a deeper impact.

We’ve chosen to partner with local organizations creating a difference in the Tahoe community. We’re committed to making charitable donations, hosting community-oriented events, and ensuring we operate our business in line with the environmental stewardship and community support we hold at the core of our values.

Through our partnership with 1% for the Planet, we are giving back directly to environmental non-profits based in the Tahoe Basin
that embrace our ideals of environmental education and enjoying and protecting the Sierra’s cherished landscape for generations to come.

 

CURRENT PARTNERSHIPS

The Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, or SWEP, connects local school children to vital environmental initiatives through watershed education and community service. SWEP has been a Tahoe area institution and part of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District since 1996. 

 

WINE EVENTS

Illanta Wines is proud to support several non-profits through our participation in events throughout the area. Illanta has participated in events with proceeds to: Achieve Tahoe (leading the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities), Can Do MS (providing innovative lifestyle empowerment programs for people living with MS and their support partners) and the Tahoe Food Hub (galvanizing the North Lake Tahoe community to build a regional, sustainable and equitable food system). 

illanta wines press
 
 
 

An Artful Evening in Lake Tahoe | By Darla Worden

A Networking by Design event by SLATE Art at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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June 10th, 2016 | New Small-Batch Winery Opens Up

Illanta Wines (pronounced ‘Yahn-Ta’), a new, boutique wine brand based in North Lake Tahoe, officially launched for business this spring with the debut of their first vintage.

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May 30th, 2016 | New small-batch wine business opens at North Tahoe

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Illanta Wines (pronounced ‘Yahn-Ta’), a new boutique wine brand based in North Lake Tahoe, officially launched for business this spring with the debut of its first vintage.

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May 26th, 2016 | A new winery in town

 Illanta Wines (pronounced yahn-ta), a new, boutique wine brand based in North Lake Tahoe, launched this spring with the debut of its first vintage, a 2013 Zinfandel harvested from Napa’s Howell Mountain. 

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