Stephen J. Borra is owner and winemaker at Borra Vineyards in the Clements Hills area of Lodi, a distinct sub district of the Lodi appellation known for producing some of finest fruit in the entire region. The centerpiece of this oenological enterprise is the 200 acre Gill Creek Ranch, which sits astride the north bank of the Mokelumne River where it receives cooling breezes from San Francisco Bay. Here Stephen grows the gamut of the region’s traditional, Mediterranean grape varieties.
Alicante Bouchet, Barbera, Carignane, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Syrah, and Zinfandel all call Borra Vineyards their home. Stephen crafts some of California’s most memorable Barbera, Syrah, and Zinfandel as varietals. However, he also pays homage to his maternal grandfather Giuseppe Manassero, who planted the first grape vines on the family property, and California’s centuries old tradition of planting a wide array of vines in a single vineyard in order to fashion robust, mouth filling wines to accompany equally rich and exciting foods. He does this by crafting wines he calls Fusion.
Borra Vineyards Fusion wines are blends of traditional California and Old World varietals. Fusion comes in both red and white versions. Fusion Red relies heavily upon the natural affinities that Syrah, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet, and Zinfandel share; while Fusion White recalls its Rhône origins in a classic blend of Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne.