Wines

The Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival is host to exemplary wines produced in the Salinas Valley or produced with wine grapes grown in the unique micro-climate of the Salinas Valley Viticultural region.

Salinas Valley Wine Country has the land, climate, and comprehensive approach to wine grape growing and winemaking that makes it one of the leading producers in California. The history of the wineries, the families behind them, and the area itself tell a unique story that is captured in the many varietals found in the Valley.

The bond that this area has with the earth is unparalleled. As a well-known wine grape growing region and  “The Salad Bowl of the World,” growers in the area have the utmost respect for the land and the bounty that it brings. Come share in this wonderful harvest with us.

Questions?
Director of Wine, Mayra Villareal
(831) 770-9212
villareal.mayra@yahoo.com

Puma Road

Ray Franscioni is a third generation Monterey County farmer. Ray and family have gained a reputation for providing the finest grapes to some of the industry’s best known producers. It is only recently, though, that wine lovers could collect wines from the Franscioni vineyards under the family’s own labels. From the Santa Lucia Highlands, San Benito County and Monterey County, Ray Franscioni and family have introduced their limited Puma Road, Pedregal, and Lilia releases. Wines with a delicious sense of place, the result of two decades wine growing experience…

Pessagno Winery

Pessagno Winery fulfills a twenty-year dream to produce limited quantities of exclusive luxury wines from prestigious single vineyards throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties. The winery is known for creating wines of distinct character and elegance. It will forever prosper as one of California’s finest wine sources.

Blair Estate Wines

Pinot Noir is very particular. There are few places on earth where climate and soils combine to provide just the right conditions for this noble grape. The Arroyo Seco district in Monterey County is one of  those sites. For five generations, our family has lived and farmed here. We are proud to share these limited release wines from our home with you…

Chalone Vineyards

High atop the Gavilan plateau the ocean breezes sweep the remarkable terroir of the Chalone vineyard, with it’s volcanic limestone soils that give the wines distinctive flavor.

Cima Collina

Cima Collina produces artisan wines from small Monterey vineyards. The idea of an “artisan wine” is the partnership with growers who meticulously cultivate vineyards, the insistence on using only carefully chosen fruit, and the creation of wine on a barrel-by-barrel basis.

The focus on Monterey vineyards is an acknowledgment that this region is now and will continue to produce wines that are interesting, compelling and unique. Many factors conspire to make this a truly gifted region for growing grapes. With the cool maritime climate, well-drained soils and energy of our winemaking colleagues, a dynamic renaissance is currently underway in our region.

We invite you try the wines of Cima Collina. We are confident we will meet your highest expectations of what an artisan wine should be.

Le P’tit Paysan

We did not set out to make these wines. We discovered great vineyards at the edge of sensible farming and decided to bring them to light.

The farther we looked, the more we found – remote, challenging vineyards, with hard depleted soils, and intense sunlight tempered only by the coastal breeze. Vineyards capable of producing only the most idiosyncratic wines. Our goal as winemakers is to lightly polish the roughest edges and leave the idiosyncrasy intact. It is here in the back country, filled with individual character, where Le P’tit Paysan comes to life.

We are not in “wine country.” We have no trophy wineries, nor posh tasting salons. This is farm land, desolate hills, and solitude. What we do is simple, without artifice, and we enjoy it.