Delivering Warm Hospitality in Edna Valley
In 1973, Chamisal Vineyards became the first winery to plant vines in Edna Valley, embarking on what is now a long history of producing wines that are bold, intriguing and complex. The 85-acre estate’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, and resulting cool climate, are ideal for growing wonderfully distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir—the varietals for which Chamisal is best known—yet the site is also home to Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Gris. Winemaker Fintan du Fresne’s philosophy embraces a sense of purity and simplicity, and Chamisal’s wines always allow the natural characteristics of their remarkable vineyard sites to shine through.
Naturally, the ideal way to experience the wines is to visit the winery itself. Known for warm, friendly hospitality, the Chamisal tasting room is housed in a lovely, modern barn that opens up onto beautiful patios overlooking the vineyard and the valley. They offer guests multiple ways to immerse themselves in the beauty and tranquility of Edna Valley, as well as options for enjoying a glass or a bottle of wine on site.
“Putting customers first and making them feel like family is our mission,” says Andrea de Palo, Director of Consumer Sales. “The intimate tasting opportunities, as well as the reserve and tailored wine experiences, are something our guests and wine club members appreciate.”
Chamisal Vineyards offers one tasting experience to the general public: the Chamisal Flight ($20), which includes five wines from the winery’s line of premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhône-style wines, as well as small lot wines when available.
The tasting is available in the winery’s friendly, comfortable tasting room or can also be enjoyed on Chamisal’s garden patio, which overlooks the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains.
Chamisal also has a dedicated picnic space in a tranquil setting with stunning views of the Estate Vineyard and Santa Lucia Mountains. Here, guests can enjoy Chamisal wines by the glass or bottle.
“We’ve really tried to think of all the different ways our guests spend their time here and how they like to enjoy our wines, and then we created small spaces and intimate tasting experiences to accommodate all of them,” says Andrea, whose staff is proud of the fact that they welcome repeat visitors again and again. “We think we have the right experience for each guest.”