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The 2018 Harvest is Complete

Everything came off as anticipated and all the wines finished fermentation and are now beginning their ageing process in French Oak barrels. Come by our Holiday Open House on Dec 15th and sample out of the barrels with winemaker Michael!

October 10, 2018 – The day before harvest at the estate!

Harvest Wind Down

The 2017 harvest was a bit of a challenge with some extreme heat, but we were able to bring in all of our Cab Sauv, Cab Franc & Pinots with very solid results. Ripeness, balance (our key drivers) look exceptional. We did do triple sorting to ensure no “raisined” grapes made it into tour fermentaion bins. Overall, 2017 looks to be a great vintage


Harvest has Started

Our Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir will be the first fruit off for the 2017 season. In the midst of a record breaking heat spell, this vineyard in Santa Barbara County has still gotten its early morning fog, up until the last few days. Grapes look really good with excellent balance and flavors.


Estate vineyard holding well in the 100+ temps

Our deficit irrigation practices have us limiting the amount of water the grapevines receive.  We did water just prior to the heat spike and the vines are cruising through in great shape.  Flowering is done and we are moving towards berry set.  Next week we will be shoot thinning.


Upcoming events the next two weekends

The Pacific Coast Wine Trail will be pouring at Centrally Grown in Cambria on May 13th.  Michael will be there to share his wines.

The Paso Robles Wine Festival and the SLH GALA XI are being held on Saturday, May 20th.

Chateau Margene/Mooney Family will be pouring at both.  Michael will be at the Santa Lucia Highlands event and Cate and Will be at the Paso Robles event.

See our Events page for more details.


Couple of Spring events coming up at the Chateau Margene Estate

March 18th, 12:00 – 5:00 pm    Sip, Smoke & Chocolates – port-style wines, Marich chocolates and our cigar lounge

April 15th, 1:00 – 4:00pm    20th Anniversary Celebration – new releases, gourmet appetizers, Library wines.  $25 per person

Call Cate at 805-238-2321 to make a reservation


Post Harvest Party Report

Saturday, November 19th at the estate.  A great time had by all.  Great food (Pacific Harvest Catering), Great music (Paso Wine Man Band) and some Great Wines (Chateau Margene, Mooney Family, El Pistolero, J Mooney & Roxo Port).  250 of our closest friends descended on the property to enjoy the day.  Perfect 66 degrees and sunny, with a light breeze.


90% of the grapes are in!

We are picking 4 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clones 33 & 4) starting at 4:00 a.m. this morning.  Also coming off the vine today is 1 ton of the Touriga Nacional for the Roxo Port program.   The last two picks will be Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 337) and Souzao (this varietal is one of the main components in Port).


2016 Harvest in full swing

Two Pinot Noirs, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc & Malbec fermenting in the winery. Picking off six vineyards on 9/26, 27 & 28.


Harvest starts September 8th

Our first pick of the year will be the Boekenoogen Vineyard Pinot Noir on the 8th. Picking up the fruit at 5:00 a.m.. Next week will see a number of picks, which will be sorted out later this week.