Cani Amante Vineyard

Cani Amante

Grew Out Of A Love Of The Land, Family, And Of Course Wine

Cani Amante grew out of a love of the land, family, and of course wine. The owners, Debbie and Ed Guerra, took one look at the 38 acre parcel in 2005 and fell in love. The views were stunning looking up from the 4-5 acres which would naturally become the vineyard. One side, the striking Topa Topa Mountains; another side, the hills of Nordhoff Peak on the edge of Los Padres National Forest; another, Ventura in the far distance with a sliver of Lake Casitas; and the crowning jewel, a knoll on the property which captures the famous Ojai Pink Moment every waning afternoon.

The Pratt Trail runs along the entire length of the vineyard so a walk down from Nordhoff Peak drops you right into the middle of this majesty of nature. In the Spring you may even hear a seasonal spring racing below you as you walk alongside the rows of vines.

Cani Amante grows Riesling for a dry white, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot for a Bordeaux type blend and then the majority of the vineyard is a few select Italian red varietals; Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera.

Cani Amante, a loose Italian translation, means “dog lover”.  The Guerra’s are passionate dog lovers, like so many of us.  Sara was their pup during the purchase and clearing of the property- she had the run of the soon-to-be vineyard.  Sara is now ‘watching’ over Cani Amante and was the inspiration behind the name.   Joy and love are two emotions that dogs bring to our lives and are such a guiding force for living life.

This is one of the many reasons Cani Amante chose to partner with Four Brix Winery. Not only did they share the owners’ love of animals, but their skill and enthusiasm for the young vineyard made the decision easy. We shared the same vision.