Producer wine
Les Lunes/ Populis

COUNTRY :
USA

REGION :
Mendecino

PRODUCTION :

Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig

The Living Wine Collective is a group of like minded winemakers who met at UC Davis and caught the natural wine bug when one of their classmate poured them some wines made without sulphur. This led them to become stagiaires at Texier, Overnoy, Valette and Cos (among other stalwarts of the movement).

Together, they are Shaunt Oungoulianm and Diego Roig and make their collective wines under the “Populis” label. Shaunt has a side project called “Les Lunes”. 

Their facility is literally the basement of Shaunt’s parents’ house in Orinda, California just east of Berkeley. They don’t own vineyards but rent plots where they can do their own work and that have been historically farmed without chemicals or irrigation.

Currently they work land in Carneros, Mendocino, and one of California’s newest AVAs, Manton Valley.

While they are committed to organic and native yeasts, they are not dogmatic in their techniques including the use of sulphur, although when they use it it’s always in small doses.

CUVÉES
Wine

Sauvignon Blanc, Venturi Vineyard

Region: California, United States

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc 

Vineyard Size: 
Soil: Alluvial 
Average Age of Vines: 
Yield: Hand harvested 
Harvest: 
Winemaking:  Spontaneous fermentation, direct press
Aging: Old oak 
Fining: None 
Filtration: None
So2: 25 mg/L 

Wine

Mendocino County “Reversée”

Region: California, United States

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Harvest: Hand harvested 
Winemaking:  Spontaneous fermentation 
Aging:  
Fining: None 
Filtration: None
So2:  30mg/L

Wine

Mendocino County Red

Region: California, United States

Grape: Zinfandel, Nero d’Avola, Carignane, Tempranillo 

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Fining: None 
Filtration: None
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Carignane Rosé

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Carignane

Region: California, United States

Grape: Carignan 

Vineyard Size: 
Soil: Alluvial 
Average Age of Vines: 
Yield: 
Harvest: Hand harvested 
Winemaking:   Spontaneous fermentation, dry-farmed organically 
Aging:  
Fining: None 
Filtration: None
So2:  30mg/L

Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot

Region: California, United States

Grape:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 

Vineyard Size: 
Soil: Alluvial 
Average Age of Vines: 
Yield: 
Harvest:  Hand harvested 
Winemaking:  Spontaneous fermentation 
Aging:  
Fining: None 
Filtration: None
So2:  50mg/L 

Wine

Mendocino County Zinfandel, Venturi Vineyard

Region: California, United States

Grape:  Zinfandel 

Vineyard Size: 
Soil:  Alluvial, Schist, Slate
Average Age of Vines: 
Yield: 
Harvest:  Hand harvested 
Winemaking:  Spontaneous fermentation 
Aging:  
Fining: None 
Filtration: None
So2:   40mg/L

Wine

Manton Valley Chardonnay, Dobson Vineyard

Region: California, United States

Grape:  Chardonay 

Vineyard Size: 
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Average Age of Vines: 
Yield: 
Harvest:  Hand harvested 
Winemaking:  Spontaneous fermentation 
Aging:  
Fining: None 
Filtration: None
So2:   30mg/L