In 1989, Bob Frugoli established Armida Winery in the southern part of the Dry Creek Valley AVA. He grew up in San Francisco, but has fond childhood memories of visiting his grandmother in Healdsburg.
Mr. Frugoli produced his first vintage in 1990. Four years later, he sold a stake in the company to Steve and Bruce Cousins. Both have extensive experience in the wine industry.
Armida makes several wines from the Russian River Valley AVA including the 2005 Gewurztraminer, 2005 Antidote Pinot Gris, 2005 Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 Keefer Ranch Chardonnay, and 2005 Chardonnay.
The winery’s flagship product is their Reserve PoiZin. This is a full-bodied Zinfandel that, according to Armida, is a, “wine to die for.” The 2005 Reserve PoiZin was aged in 70% French oak and 30% American oak for 16 months. Only 56 cases of this wine were produced.