After 20 years of marketing Napa Valley and its wines, Karen Cakebread launched ZIATA Wines in 2008. “I had two goals: to create beautifully structured wines that reflect the vineyards they come from; and to be involved in every aspect making wine.” She named the brand in honor of her mother, Mary, and hired Anne Vawter, a protégée of Heidi Barrett, as winemaker.
ZIATA was created in 2008 by wine industry veteran Karen Cakebread. ZIATA wines are small-production wines born out of the many relationships that Karen has cultivated in the two decades that she’s lived and worked in Napa Valley. The ZIATA portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mia Madre, a proprietary Bordeaux-style blend, from unique parcels and vineyard sources in the best appellations of Sonoma and Napa.
ZIATA wines, named in honor of Karen’s mother, Mary Annunziata, has achieved success in top-tier restaurants and specialty wine shops, as well as through a substantial direct mailing list. Since her first vintage in 2008, Karen has worked alongside renowned female winemaking consultants, like Anne Vawter, in crafting the ZIATA wines. Jennifer Williams is currently the lead winemaking consultant. Jennifer is a graduate of Cal Poly and a mentee of legendary viticulturist David Abreu. She has worked with notable wineries including Spottswoode.
In early 2016, Trinchero Family Estates partnered with Karen and is now marketing and selling ZIATA wines in 5 states: California, Texas, Louisiana, Nevada and Colorado.
- Red Blend
- Pinot Noir
- Sauvignon Blanc