Photo Credit Julia Perez
Meet Vailia From, proprietor and winemaker of Desparada Wines. Early in her life, Vailia was influenced by her grandmother who had nurtured her independence, artistic talents, self-confidence and sense of adventure. These characteristics are seen today in the wines that she produces. She has developed her own opinions about what a wine could be... Desparada style.
Vailia is a relatively new transplant and new winemaker to our area; however, she has been employed in the wine industry in various capacities in both the United States and Canada since the age of 18. Her wine education began while working with a sommelier who inspired her to expand her knowledge of fine wines from around the world. She studied for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust exams, pursuing her Masters of Wine at age 23. During her stay in Canada, Vailia learned about the sales and distribution of wines but soon realized that she was meant to produce her own wines.