Chamisal was the very first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley appellation in 1973 by the Goss family, who named the estate for the fragrant Chamise, a native white-flowered shrub that thrived on the property.
After going dormant several years later, the vineyard was purchased in the early 90s by a visionary who recognized its great potential. With this development came a new name, Domaine Alfred, and the replanting of the vineyard to a wide range of clones across five grape varieties --- mainly variations of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as some of Grenache, Syrah and Pinot Gris.
After we took ownership of the vineyard in fall of 2008, we decided to take it back to its original name --- Chamisal Vineyards --- to honor its place in Edna Valley history and especially its importance in the wines we produce today. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Chamisal Vineyards, a milestone that we are proud to celebrate with our extended family of employees, neighbors and customers.
Planting the first vines 40 years ago was a gamble that paved the way for one of the most renowned and beautiful wine regions in California. Our roots here are deep, and as we reflect on the past, we are honored to build on this foundation, continuing the legacy of careful vineyard nurturing and inspired winemaking that is the essence of Chamisal Vineyards.
To learn about the many ways we are celebrating our 40 years in the Edna Valley, please visit our Events calendar.
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