Andrew Murray Vineyards
Andrew Murray fell in love with the classic Rhône varietals, specifically Syrah and Viognier, in the late 1980s as he traveled through France’s Rhône Valley. At the time, he was enrolled at UC Berkeley studying paleontology, but in sampling the wines in France, there was a shift in his thinking. Capitalizing on this newfound enthusiasm for wine, he decided to do an internship in Australia at a winery, focusing on the production of Shiraz. When Andrew returned to the U.S., he earned himself a Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis, and then founded his eponymous Los Olivos winery and vineyard, dedicated exclusively to his favored Rhône-style wines. Today, Andrew Murray Vineyards is synonymous with some of the state’s premier Rhône wines, from sell-out vineyard designated Syrahs to wildly popular blends!
Andrew expanded his brand when he opened his new Winery and Visitor Center in Los Olivos, along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, where he farms 100+ acres of premium wine grapes. This opportunity fully realized his dream to be back on Foxen Canyon Road, growing Rhônes again, in a beautiful setting where he could share his passion for growing and making wine. Andrew and his team look forward to visiting with you, and pouring you a glass or growler of wine to enjoy on their Terrace, with stunning views of neighboring vineyards and the looming face of Grass Mountain. They also now offer a full Wine Country Concierge service to help plan your visit. They can arrange anything from a reserved table at the winery to a fully stocked picnic basket, cheese plates, or many expanded tasting experiences. Weekends will feature live music or other fun opportunities; please check their website for more information.
At the tasting bar, they offer a flight of five different wines to sample and even an option paired with chocolate. Their team is very friendly and wine knowledgeable, which allows for a lot of fun conversation and a bit of wine education for the more curious visitors. There are several new wine releases available in the tasting room right now, including the 2014 Roasted Slope, Andrew’s most sought after red blend, and their new 2014 Estate Grown Mourvèdre. There is also the 2014 Espérance, a red blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. They are also featuring several limited, single vineyard Syrahs right now, the 2015 Syrah Watch Hill Vineyard, which is always a fan favorite or 2014 Syrah Thompson Vineyard. If you are looking for something like a Provencal Rosé, then you must try the Espérance Rosé, a wonderfully perfumed, yet dry and delicate, Estate Grown Rosé of Cinsault. Andrew Murray Vineyards is conveniently located just a few miles from downtown Los Olivos, where they have the Tasting Room for their sister winery, E11even Wines. When you visit their downtown location, you will be able to sample Andrew’s extremely limited selections of his E11even label—a nod to a classic rock ’n’ roll movie from the ’80s—while listening to vintage vinyl. These wines are all Estate Grown in Los Olivos and Santa Maria and sell out quickly. The highlight is a deliciously balanced Pinot Noir from his Gravel Pit Vineyard in Santa Maria. There is also a Cabernet, a Petit Verdot, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, simply named Unplugged, and his sparkling wine “Sonorous.” Your visit would not be complete unless you visited and experienced the award-winning wines of Andrew Murray.
Chocolate Truffle Flight
Our tantalizing Chocolate Flight features our Rhone Zone Flight of wines artfully paired with four Jessica Foster Confections Truffles for $20. These Truffles are not “chocolates” they are amazing works of art with fun flavors like Curry and Cinnamon Apple that pair perfectly with our wines. We change the Truffles each time our tasting lineup changes, so you have even more reasons to visit and experience this offering again, and again.
Grape to Glass Tour
Grab your glass and join us as we take you through an interactive tour of our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility while sampling our current Andrew Murray Vineyards Wine Flight. Guests will be able to walk a portion of our vineyards while learning about Rhone varietals and our unique terroir. The winemaking process is showcased from the Crush Pad to the Tank room, finishing in the Barrel Cellar. Learn the history of our estate - Curtis Vineyard and the backstory of winemaker Andrew Murray and how he discovered his passion for wine.
Other Experiences …
• Wine and Cheese Pairing
• Private Blending Seminar
• Private Barrel Tasting Experience
• Syrah Exploration Tasting
• Box Lunches can be arranged with 48 hr notice