Our Wines
About Orsa & Alta Orsa

ALTA ORSA is the story of our land, the vision of winemaker Martin Bernal-Hafner and his team along with the business savvy Roger Peng. Farming is the core chapter of our story and has been for more than three decades. As stewards of this 160-acre mountain property, we farm in a holistic manner – meaning we use organic and regenerative agricultural practices. Patience, observation, science, and experimentation guide our approach. Since the planting of our high-density vineyard in the late 1980s, we have practiced no-till farming, minimal organic sprays, no tractors between the rows, and no herbicides under the vine. This leads us to craft truly unique, balanced, and age-worthy estate wines.
ALTA ORSA
embodies rugged authenticity, calling those of us who yearn for craftsmanship and adventure by exploring paths less traveled. Those same paths have led us to discover partner vineyards throughout the North Coast that carry their own heritage and stories that we want to tell.
ORSA is a tale of appellations. We aim to highlight the character of each region by producing expressive wines through minimal intervention in the winery. These wines are the introduction to the breadth of our winemaking and our story.
As a small, experienced, and passionate team, we pull up our boots, tuck gloves in our back pockets, and band together to craft exceptional small-lot wines from heritage vineyards that embrace the sense of place. We honor the careful task of nurturing these vineyards through raw yet detailed handwork first and foremost.
Our goal is not to expand broadly, rather become deeply connected to these places, our wines, and patrons. We strive to honor the land through wines – capturing their uniqueness while building a sustainable business. Due to small production levels, the wines are available straight from us to consumers, select restaurants, and retails shops, so that those who enjoy our wines can become part of our adventure. We aim to be transparent, focused, and committed to our community.
About Us
Our Team
Owned by: Roger Peng
Winemaking by: Martin Bernal-Hafner
Our History
Founded in: 2017

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Loved by 4 Tastemakers
Paige Comrie Tastemaker

"Behind Orsa wines is Martin Bernal-Hafner, an incredible and passionate winemaker. His wines are reflective of the beautiful 160-acre mountain property where they grow their fruit in a holistic manner. I'm a huge fan of their rose (even though I never like rose!) as well as their Cabernet Sauvignon. Highly recommend!"

Chris DePaoli Tastemaker

"Delicious, high-elevation wines that show the range of California finesse. Incredibly easy to drink."

Alexander McMillen Tastemaker

"Having tried Topel’s wines in the past, I was excited to give Orsa & Alta Orsa wines a try after discovering them and realizing the winemaker is the same.  This discovery is really one of the major benefits of Vinebase, which connects you to smaller producers in ways you may not otherwise discover on your own. To start, I ordered the 2017 “Orsa” Cabernet Sauvignon and 2020 “Orsa” Rosé Pinot Noir.  At least on the East Coast, I haven’t seen many Pinot Noir Rosé wines so I was particularly excited about this one. The wines promptly arrived after my order with a really nice handwritten note from the winemaker, Martin (ps: I definitely need to visit sometime!).  [37533489-5CD7-413C-B084-210608208B3E.jpeg] As expected, these Orsa wines did not disappoint.  While not the most complex wines, they have some “rare” descriptors that I really appreciate seeing in fine wines, and are an excellent value for the price point.  These wines pair well with a great steak or simply a Tuesday night.  The Cabernet Sauvignon had notes of Black Cherry, Cola, and Chocolate. Would recommend pairing with steak (or chocolate later in the night).  The Rosé had bright acidity, with notes of Candied Strawberry and Grapefruit. Would recommend pairing with spicy Thai food. I hope you too will give this small producer a try.  The wines won’t disappoint and I look forward to trying more in the future! Thanks for reading 😊  -Alex [F0C45501-051D-4A1F-9063-46C6AFA140FF.jpeg][48D82BEF-9DFA-4D3E-A576-4B3C25D9D789.jpeg]"