Our Roots

Californian to the core, our spirit of adventure fuels everything we do at Skyside. We believe we should enjoy wine and live life to the fullest.

Expanding our horizons beyond Napa and Sonoma, where we started our adventures 40 years ago, we seek out special vineyard regions. This helps us to deliver the most memorable wine and ensure you can enjoy a glass or two along life’s journey.

The terroir of California — climate, soil and terrain — is a big part of what makes us so special.

California is generous, bountiful and intense, and we want to capture this essence in Skyside. The vast and varied landscape means there are many high-quality viticulture regions within the state of California. This provides our winemaker with a variety of flavors and textures to create rich, expressive and complex wines.

Californian wine regions

Our Winemaker

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Anne Dempsey

A passion for wine runs in Anne’s family, beginning with her Tuscan grandfather who started his US wine business in the 1920s.

Since completing her Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California — Davis, Anne gained work experience in wineries around the world, but she’s always drawn back to her beloved California.

Today she is proud to be Skyside’s Winemaker, leading an expert team in discovering and exploring new vineyard sites. Her passion is to reveal the richness of California’s vineyards through wines that can be enjoyed on all occasions.

Our Wines

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Skyside Chardonnay
North Coast 2018

“My inspiration for the beautiful 2018 Skyside Chardonnay was the region. From the cool climate vineyards along the coast all the way into the hills, I wanted to bring you a complex, layered and elegant Chardonnay.”
– Anne Dempsey

Tasting Notes:
Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle with bright citrus notes of Meyer lemon and mandarin orange followed by aromas of apricot and white peach, then subtle oak notes and an elegant acidity to lengthen the finish.

Download the full Vintage 18 tasting notes

Skyside Chardonnay
North Coast 2017

“My inspiration for the beautiful 2017 Skyside Chardonnay was the region. From the cool climate vineyards along the coast all the way into the hills, I wanted to bring you a complex, layered and elegant Chardonnay.”
– Anne Dempsey

Tasting Notes:
A vibrant white with the aroma of stone fruits and honeysuckle, and the bright flavours of white nectarine and citrus, coupled with a subtle oakiness.

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Skyside Red Blend
North Coast 2018

“I love Merlot! So for the 2018 Red Blend, I made Merlot the base and then used varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah as my spices across the top. This helps make the blend layered and complex. It’s a great medium-bodied wine.”
– Anne Dempsey

Tasting Notes:
Aromas of redcurrant, plum and blackberry fruit followed by warm baking spices, cocoa and mountain sage. A smooth wine that fills the palate with flavors of fruit, spice, subtle oak and chocolate. The tannins and acidity meet gracefully, extending into a lingering finish.

Download the full Vintage 18 tasting notes

Skyside Red Blend
North Coast 2017

“I love Merlot! So for the 2017 Red Blend, I made Merlot the base and then used varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah as my spices across the top. This helps make the blend layered and complex. It’s a great medium-bodied wine.”
– Anne Dempsey

Tasting Notes:
A full-bodied wine with aromas of cranberry, plums, baking spices, violets and chocolate, with bold blackberry and black cherry flavours.

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Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast 2018

“For the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon I sourced the best vineyards across the north coast. I want to make sure that each glass showcases the beautiful fruit, the power, the finesse and the complexity that Cabernet Sauvignon delivers. ”
– Anne Dempsey

Tasting Notes:
Inviting aromas of plum and blueberry fruit followed by violets, tobacco, clove spices and mocha. The wine fills the palate, enhancing with flavors of chocolate and darker fruits. The bold tannins gracefully meet the vibrant acidity and extend into a lingering finish.

Download the full Vintage 18 tasting notes

Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast 2017

“For the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon I sourced the best vineyards across the north coast. I want to make sure that each glass showcases the beautiful fruit, the power, the finesse and the complexity that Cabernet Sauvignon delivers. ”
– Anne Dempsey

Tasting Notes:
A lively red with the aroma of violets, berries, spice, chocolate and coffee, and the rich flavour of chocolate and dark fruits.

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