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Our Story

Croma Vera means True Colors

a Latin translation with a dose of artistic license

We are an independent micro-winery focusing on Tempranillo, Albariño, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends. Our grapes come from the Paso Robles and Central Coast regions of California and are picked and sorted by hand. Our wines are produced in small amounts. We believe this high level of focus and attention to detail results in exceptional wines.

Croma Vera was founded in 2015 by Mindy Oliver. Mindy and winemaker Jeremy Leffert (also of Tooth & Nail Wine Company) believe in guiding meticulously-farmed grapes with minimal intervention, allowing the vineyards to show their true colors. Our winery's name is also a nod towards our founder's background as a graphic artist. Our logo, labels and website were designed by Mindy.

Drink the good wine!

June 2011

Mindy & Family Relocate to San Luis Obispo from Los Angeles


Studying the Wine Industry

Mindy takes courses at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, meets with other winemakers, and creates a draft business plan.

July 2014

Winemaking Experimentations

Mindy joins a group winemaking program and produces wine at The Workshop while also making wine at home.

September 2014

Revelation and Inspiration

Mindy's childhood friend passes away from cancer causing her to realize that it's time to begin her dream of starting a winery. The first red wine blend is called Revelación, after this revelation.

January 2015

Croma Vera is Born!

Mindy leaves her 20+ year career in graphic design to start Croma Vera, and of course designs the logo and website.

February 2015

Jeremy Leffert joins as Winemaker

Mindy and Jeremy share a passion for Spanish varietals and exceptional quality forming the foundational principles of Croma Vera.

Fall 2015

First Harvest

The first grapes are harvested for our very first vintage, 2015.