At SALDO we look to explore the unknown, reconsider the overlooked, and uncover what’s next in the world of wine. Our winemaking team is unafraid to explore uncharted territory and challenge preconceived notions of luxury to bring you high quality wines you didn’t see coming.
We are known for our flagship Zinfandel, a wine that launched almost 20 years ago and helped reinvigorate an overlooked California varietal. Since then, we have launched a Red Blend, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz, staying off the beaten track of the more common varietals and instead bringing more unexpected offerings to help uncover what’s next.
At SALDO, the only thing better than creating our unexpected wines is sharing them with other curious and exploratory wine drinkers and we cannot wait to have you apart of our journey.
Our name, SALDO, comes from the Italian word for “I join or I weld” and was chosen to reflect our winemaking approach to welding together our wines from grapes from the best vineyards across the world.
SALDO winemakers are meticulous in their craft, joining and welding together wines that aim to stay off the beaten track and open people’s minds to what fine wine can really be.
The SALDO packaging is decidedly simple. The dymo label is a call back to the very first bottle produced, when their founding winemaker brought a bottle straight from the lab to his first buyer meeting. The simple label was so eye-catching and unique that it stuck through the years.
Our simple design approach has stuck to this day, as we continue to focus our efforts on blending the perfect wines – ensuring what’s in the bottle is our number one priority.
SALDO Winemaking Team
Winemaking at SALDO is a team approach. Chrissy Whitman encourages her team to work together to ensure they are successfully delivering against the SALDO proposition. Here are the key players of the SALDO winemaking team:
- Chrissy Wittmann came to winemaking in an unconventional way. After earning a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, she found her love for wine while analyzing soil and waste water samples in a lab. After serving time as a laboratory enologist, Chrissy returned to Cal Poly, achieving her master’s degree in Agriculture.
- Sally Nightingale grew up as self-described farm kid on a sheep farm near Australia’s famed Coonawarra region where she developed a love of the land and a passion for wine early in life. She earned her B.S. in Agricultural Science majoring in Oenology from the University of Adelaide, moved to CA in 2018 and joined The Prisoner Wine Company team in 2022.
- David Cunningham was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina and remembers wine being a part of his family’s everyday life when he was growing up. David has been working in the wine industry for almost 20 years and received his B.S. in Enology and Viticulture from the Universidad Católica de Cuyo, Facultad de Enologia Don Bosco in 2011. In 2021, he took the position of Winemaker focused exclusively on The Prisoner Wine Company.