11 AM - 5 PM Daily
$10 for any 5 wines/waived with 1 bottle purchase
453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
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President and Head Winemaker Eric Hickey began his relationship with the Laetitia Estate in 1988 when he was just 16 years old, working in the cellar with his dad, Dave Hickey, who was a production assistant for Maison Deutz at the time. Seizing the golden opportunity to apprentice with French winemakers, Eric joined the Maison Deutz team full-time after graduating from high school. From vintage to vintage, he gained a deep appreciation for the property's fruit, while also taking time to explore the Rhône, Burgundy and Bordeaux in France and participating in an extension program through U.C. Davis.
In 2000, Eric was named Head Winemaker and General Manager, overseeing the still wine program, and has since become President of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. With a winemaking style that balances Old World tradition with cutting-edge California, Eric consistently produces generous, articulate wines that are true to the character of the Laetitia Estate.
In addition to his work at Laetitia, Eric sits on the advisory board for the World of Pinot Noir Symposium in Pismo Beach, and is a member of several vintners' associations. When he isn't consumed with winery operations, he's home with his wife Kim, and daughters Cheyenne and Riley, or he's surfing.
Dave Hickey's career as Vice President Production and Sparkling Winemaker began unexpectedly in 1985 when he was hired for construction and clean-up at Laetitia’s predecessor, Maison Deutz. During his time around the winery, Dave became fascinated with the traditional Méthode Champenoise for sparkling winemaking. “I was a willing student, and the winemaker was a willing teacher,” says Dave, adding, “I love to learn.” It wasn’t long before he was invited to join the Maison Deutz staff assisting in sparkling wine production and overseeing winery systems operations.
Like his son, Eric Hickey, Dave made the all-important journey to France to supplement his hands-on education by observing the styles and techniques of noted Champagne producers. In addition, Dave has received comprehensive training from several esteemed sparkling wine consultants in both the New and Old World styles.
Dave became Laetitia's Sparkling Winemaker in 1999 and has since become the Vice President Production and brought his accumulated experience and artistry to bear on the winery's award-winning series of sparkling wines. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Carmen, children, grandchildren, and building classic cars.