Shale Canyon Wines started vinting small lots of hand-crafted varietals in 2008. When they started, their main focus was on 100% varietal wines such as Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. Their estate fruit is hand harvested and fermented in small batches. Their winery is a 100% “Off Grid” solar-powered facility. They use well water for their water supply and a backup propane generator for those overcast days they need to run the equipment. Current production is about 1000+ cases per year, with their primary focus on producing wines that have an outstanding nose, mouth feel, and finish.
The Estate wines they currently grow are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, and Mourvèdre. They also source fruit from larger, well-established vineyards whose farming practices are exemplary in the industry and whose fruit is second to none. The varietals include Syrah, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Petite Sirah. They also enjoy making classic and unique blends as well.