Our Historic Vineyard
In 1973 Chamisal became the first winery to plant vines in Edna Valley, a gamble that paved the way for one of the most revered wine regions of California. Our Central Coast vineyard is named for the native, white-flowered Chamise plant that thrives on the property. In the early 1990’s after a period of dormancy, the vineyard was replanted and the estate was renamed Domain Alfred, but when we took ownership in 2008 we restored the original name – Chamisal Vineyard – to honor its place in Edna Valley history. Now planted to five grape varieties including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah and Pinot Gris, this exceptional estate vineyard is the centerpiece, source and inspiration of Chamisal’s bold and distinctive wines.
Edna Valley Appellation
Located half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Edna Valley is recognized as one of the premier Central Coast grape growing regions, renowned in particular for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rhone grape varieties. With San Luis Obispo and the Pacific Ocean a mere few miles away, the coastal fog and breezes create one of California’s longest growing seasons, extending the time grapes hang on the vine as they develop flavor and character. This climate, combined with the calcareous and volcanic soils of the Chamisal Vineyard, results in wines with intensity, concentration and fresh, balancing acidity.
At Chamisal our winemaking philosophy encompasses an approach that is all about bringing out the natural characteristics of our estate-grown fruit in the wines. All vineyard work is done by hand. During harvest, we take as many as four passes through each block to ensure the grapes are picked at ideal ripeness. We ferment and age each lot separately, tailoring our winemaking, such as the kind of French oak we use, to highlight the characteristics unique to each particular vineyard block. From our painstaking work in the field to the careful handcrafting of our wines, our style is about allowing each varietal to shine, expressing our Edna Valley vineyard's naturally bold and complex flavors.
Chamisal Vineyards is fully committed to maintaining a long-term, sustainable approach to managing our vineyard and our business. Our vineyards have been consistently producing premium quality grapes for over 40 years because of the ongoing commitment to learn and improve our sustainable practices with each passing vintage. As such, we are proud that Chamisal has earned the comprehensive SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification for all of our Estate Wines, vineyards and winery. This third-party sustainability certification is annually earned through ensuring that environmentally and socially responsible and sustainable practices are maintained throughout the entire business. For more information on the SIP program, please visit sipcertified.org.
The historic 85-acre Chamisal property, the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley, has long been producing wines of a distinctive character. With the ideal climate for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a diverse array of clonal selections planted, the wines are bold, intense and complex, and reflect the natural characteristics of this remarkable estate.
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