1983 was the beginning of our journey that led us from San Francisco to Big Sur. It’s a classic story of city folks with a hankering to raise a few kids and live off the land in one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
On a small parcel of land, on the edge of the Ventana Wilderness and overlooking the Big Sur coast we planted a small grove of olive trees, and an essential oil garden of lavender and citrus and made handcrafted soaps. First client was Post Ranch and we would hand deliver to the Mercantile on our trips to Big Sur.
Surrounded by artisan farmers and beekeepers, and cheese producers, we were excited to plant grapes to see what might grow best in our soils. Over time a few varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showed great promise. It seemed our place had the right elements – its proximity to the ocean, summer heat during the day and cool nights.
Winemaking started as a hobby. Love the Rhone varietals and for many years we picked Grenache, Syrah, and Petit Sirah from neighboring vineyards. Kids stomped the grapes in small batches and we blended these three varietals together. Some vintages were definitely better than others. But this wine – we call “Big Sur Red” – embodies all the things we love and feel about Big Sur. The wine is bold, with big flavors yet a bit mysterious. Over the years we have grown into a small family business. As we better understood the terroir and became more sophisticated with our winemaking goals we moved to the next level.
Teamed up with Ryan Kobza, a young winemaker working in Monterey County since 2011. He has an adventurous flair and unique approach to winemaking.