We want to provide wine lovers with delicious wines that reflect your values.
Only Organically Grown Grapes
Everything is connected. The environment, and therefore all of our lives, are extremely affected by the small choices we make every day – and the choice we make more often than almost any other choice is what we consume. If you’re like us, a lot of what you choose to consume is wine.
Centralas wine is always made from grapes grown in organically or biodynamically farmed vineyards. That’s a guarantee. It’s the foundation of what we do, because it is the reason we do it.
Organic viticulture helps rebuild and regenerate a healthy environment while also providing a clean and safe work environment for the humans and other animals who work and live in and around the vineyards.
Transparent Ingredients Labeling
There are well over 60 ingredients allowed to be added to wine, yet wine producers are not required to tell you about any of them (except sulfites). We believe labeling of ingredients is something every wine producer should do, and we hope that this will soon be a legal requirement.
Centralas sets an example by listing all ingredients used, so you know exactly what you’re drinking.
Natural, Low-intervention Winemaking
We believe variation expression – reflecting the changes caused by all the variables of vintages and vineyard sites – is what makes wine unique and special. Great wine is bottled change, and we want Centralas wines to reflect all the vibrant, dynamic complexity of its specific journey through the universe.
For this reason we try to simply escort the grapes along their natural, wild journey of turning themselves into wine. We use minimal amounts of sulfites to protect this process from veering into aromas and flavors that would dumb-down or over-power the subtle details of this wildness.
The naturally occurring yeasts and malo-lactic bacteria are allowed to ferment the grapes. We use predominantly neutral oak barrels for aging. And the wines are bottled unfined and, usually, unfiltered.
Lightest Glass Bottles
We’ve selected bottles for our wines that are the lightest available in the industry – 30-50% lighter than an average wine bottle – and they are made in California.
We chose these light-weight, locally-made bottles to reduce the carbon footprint of getting our wines to your table. We also think what’s in the bottle is much more important than the bottle itself.
Always Vegan, Gluten Free, & No Added Sugar
Because of our low-intervention approach to winemaking, all Centralas wines are 100% vegan, gluten-free, and we never add sugar.
The name Centralas comes from a mash-up of Central L.A. South – our home in Los Angeles, where we grow a small organic test vineyard in our front yard, as well as lots of fruit and nut trees, and vegetable and herb gardens. We keep wild bees, chickens, and a wild kitten we found in our backyard one spring day.
We’re Adam & Wendy Huss.
Centralas happened because we wanted to bridge the gap we noticed between wine drinkers’ values and the kind of wine they buy. We saw that our friends and neighbors cared deeply about the environment and human welfare, but they bought industrial wine that is full of additives and made from grapes that were sprayed with all kinds of harmful chemicals. We wanted to eliminate that disconnect.
We love wine too much to let it be part of the problem. So we started Centralas so that wine could be part of the solution.
We built a mission-oriented winery on the twin pillars of organic viticulture and wine-making transparency to give wine lovers delicious options to drink wine that actually reflects their values.
Selling wine is really a secondary priority. Of course we need to sell wine to sustain the mission, but our primary desire is to promote organic values and make it easy for wine lovers to eliminate that gap between what they care about and what they consume.
Centralas is about connection.
- Fostering connection – to the earth and to each other
- Seeking the truth, rather than seeking to be right or comfortable, which implies the ability to admit when you’re wrong
- Human health and culture over capital profit
- Diversity of all kinds – backgrounds, perspectives, tastes, ideas – which implies inclusiveness
- Hard work, humility, excellence, intelligence, creativity, passion… and a healthy dose of silliness.
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