"1983 was the beginning of our journey that led us from San Francisco to Big Sur. It’s a classic story - move from the city to the country, raise a couple of kids and live off the land in one of the most beautiful places on earth."
On a small parcel of land, on the edge of the Ventana Wilderness, overlooking the Big Sur coast we planted a small grove of olive trees, and an essential oil garden of lavender and citrus and made hand crafted soaps. Out first client was Post Ranch and we would deliver to the Mercantile on our trips to Big Sur.
Surrounded by artisan farmers, beekeepers and cheese producers, we were excited to plant grapes to see what might grow best in our soils. Over time a number of varietals - Rhone, Chardonnay and Pinot noir - showed great promise. It seemed our location had the right elements – its proximity to the ocean, summer heat during the day and cool nights.
Winemaking started as a hobby. We loved the Rhone varietals and for many years we picked Grenache, Syrah, and Petit Sirah from neighboring vineyards. The kids stomped the grapes in small batches and we blended these three varietals together. Some vintages were definitely better than others! But one wine - “Big Sur Red” - embodied all things we love and value about Big Sur. The wine is bold, with big flavors yet a bit mysterious.
Over the years we have grown into a small family wine business. As we better understood the terroir, and became more sophisticated with our winemaking goals we moved to the next level.
We teamed up with Ryan Kobza, a young winemaker working in Monterey County since 2011. He has helped us immensely with branding and creating an outstanding wine portfolio. Our first vintage was 2013 where we bottled four wines - Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Chardonnay, and of course, "Big Sur Red."
We opened our tasting room in Carmel Valley in May 2016. We have a great space with an air-conditioned interior and a lovely patio with a view of the local mountains.