Known for its historic ranchlands, a romantic coast, country roads and stay-a-while towns, California's Central Coast is a mecca for winemakers in the state of California. The grapes are among the oldest in the state, planted by Franciscan monks as they made their way north on El Camino Real ("the royal road," now Highway 101) in the late 1700s.
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
The Garrod family began involvement with California agriculture and open space in 1893, purchasing lands from the Mount Eden Orchard and Vineyard Company. Since 1972, aging orchards have been replaced with grapes which thrive in this microclimate.
So continues the agricultural tradition begun by R.V. Garrod, winemaker Bill Cooper and vineyard master Jan Garrod's great-grandfather. Winemaker Emeritus George Cooper refined his craft by learning from his fellow vintners in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, Burgundy, and Bordeaux.
All our vineyards are located on 120 acres above the village of Saratoga that have been in the family for over 100 years. Total vineyard acreage is 28 with seven varietals to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Viognier, Merlot and Pinot Noir
Cottonwood Canyon Winery
Cottonwood Canyon Winery is a premium boutique winery specializing in hand-crafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Founded in 1988 by the Beko family, our vineyard and winery is located in Santa Maria Valley on the northern edge of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in Santa Barbara County's wine country.
The now 78 acre estate had 46 acres of planted Chardonnay and was 15 years old when the property was purchased. To date, the estate currently has 25 acres of Pinot Noir, seven acres of Chardonnay and three acres of Syrah planted. The vineyard continues to be managed by hand; row by row and vine by vine.
Nestled in the sunny village of Carmel Valley, California, Cowgirl Winery brings a unique, but authentic experience in wine tasting. An old redwood barn marks the location of the charming tasting room along with nine chickens that roam the grounds during the day.
The Cowgirl and Georis vineyard is located in the hills of upper Carmel Valley in Cachuagua, California, 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard is made up of 14 acres of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Derby Wine Estates
Ray and Pam Derby moved to the Central Coast area in the early 1990's with the intention of retiring. In 1998, they purchased their first vineyard property, now known as Derbyshire Vineyard and their thoughts of retirement were replaced by the inspiration of being a part of the wine world. In the years following, Ray next acquired the historic Laura's Vineyard (in east Paso) and then the Westside property, now called the Derby Vineyard. Needless to say, their plans of retirement never came to fruition. They currently have three vineyards, San Simeon (Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir), West Paso Robles (Spanish and Bordeaux), East Paso Robles (Bordeaux)
Firestone Vineyard belongs to an entrepreneurial and adventurous family tradition that dates back more than a century to legendary tire innovator Harvey Firestone. In the early 1970s, Harvey's son Leonard established a family ranch in Santa Barbara County's rugged Santa Ynez Valley. At the time, Santa Barbara County barely registered on California's winegrowing radar, but Leonard saw immense potential in the region's coastal climate and amenable soils. He decided to plant a vineyard, with the initial intent of selling the grapes to North Coast wineries.
Soon thereafter, Leonard was joined by his son Brooks and Brooks' wife Kate, and together they decided to take their winegrowing adventure to the next level by establishing Santa Barbara County's first estate winery.
Red wines have their origins in Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley and include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. White wines feature grapes from Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Germany and include: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer.
Since 1997, Tantara has been dedicated to producing the very finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Located in the beautiful Santa Maria Valley (Santa Barbara County), their wines are sourced from top Central Coast growers and vineyards such as, Bentrock, Brosseau, Dierberg, La Encantada, Lindsay's, Radian, Rio Vista, Talley, Tondre and Zotovich. In 2012, two Los Olivos District estate vineyards, Ingeborg's and Mateo's, came online yielding Syrah and Cabernet Franc respectively.
Because of Tantara's commitment to detail and the finite amount of fruit that meets their standards, total winery production remains small.
The first vines at Zaca Masa were planted in 1973 and there are 244 plantable acres on its 750 acre estate. In 1973, it was only the third winery in Santa Barbara County and with few other vineyards in the area to learn from, the vineyard was originally planted with numerous varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Chardonnay, and Syrah to see what would work.
In 1978, Zaca Mesa was the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County and over the years have learned that the grapes varieties indigenous to the Rhône valley of France (Syrah, Grenache, Mouvèdre, Cinsault, Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) prosper in its vineyard. In 1997, the main focus has been on growing Syrah, Viognier and other Rhône varieties.