According to Stephanie Cuadra, 2018 is the year of the indies. And she’s not talking about films or hipster bands. By “indie,” Cuadra—founder of the Salt Lake City/Milan, Italy–based Terrestoria Wines—means indigenous wine grapes: the thousands of varieties that make incredible wines but, because production is so small, are rarely available outside of the regions where the grapes are grown. But Cuadra is on a mission to change that, and she’s chosen Utah as the place. “These wines would be lost in a large wine market like, say, New York,” Cuadra says. “Utah has a small, robust farm-to-table scene, and through it, small-scale vintners find a rare opportunity in the US import market.”
Ironically, Cuadra launched Terrestoria not long after she thought she’d sworn off the wine industry for good. In 2016, after years leading global communications for an Italian wine company, Cuadra quit her job and hit the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But during her pilgrimage, she sipped an Albariño that she simply could not walk away from. Cuadra now works with six artisanal winemakers, all of whom are women, in Italy and Spain to offer their wines only in Utah (other than two lucky restaurateurs in New York and Paris who snagged a few cases). Pick up the Albariño that literally stopped Cuadra in her tracks, Noelia Bebelia, at Park City’s Snow Creek state liquor store (1550 Snow Creek Dr). A selection of Terrestoria’s other handmade beauties is also available at the St. Regis (2300 Deer Valley Dr E), the Montage (9100 Marsac Ave), and Handle (136 Heber Ave). You can also order Terrestoria wines through Utah wine broker Vine Lore and make 2018 your year of the indies.