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.
Founded in 2015 by Mindy Oliver, our name Croma Vera is Latin for True Colors. Mindy and winemaker Jeremy Leffert (also of Rabble Wine) guide meticulously-farmed grapes with minimal intervention, allowing the vineyard to reveal its true, unique colors. Our winery's name is also a nod towards Mindy's background as a graphic designer. Our logo, labels and website were designed by Mindy.
We invite you to drink the good wine!
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.
Mindy joins a group winemaking program and produces wine at The Workshop while also making wine at home.
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.
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.
Jeremy Leffert joins as Winemaker
Mindy and Jeremy share a passion for Spanish varietals and exceptional quality forming the foundational principles of Croma Vera.
The first grapes are harvested for our very first vintage, 2015.