Calistoga Orthodox Wines was founded by Fr. Akim Provatakis in order to bring Russian Orthodox sacramental wine back to the original quality that the Emperor Peter the Great found on his journey to Cohors over three centuries ago, using the highest quality California fruit; he has achieved the artistic blending of Old World Tradition to the New World.
The general guidelines of the Orthodox Church, as determined by the Ecumenical Councils, state that the wine must be “sweet, pleasing to the taste, red like the color of blood with no additives and not fortified”. Furthermore, the fruit must have the proper blessings read over them at harvest, and at crush as an offering to the Lord as specified by the Priest’s Service Book (Book of Needs). The entire production process of our wine is overseen and has the blessing of Orthodox clergy so that those who use our wine in the Divine Liturgy can be confident they are using wine of the highest quality made to the specifications of the Ecumenical Councils.