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.
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).
Two Pinot Noirs, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc & Malbec fermenting in the winery. Picking off six vineyards on 9/26, 27 & 28.
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.
In July, we planted 3 acres Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese and Clone 47 Cabernet Sauvignon, after having planted 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clones 6, 33 & 47) in April. All the new vines look great and Jon is busy keeping the critters out of the vineyard.
Starting July 2, 2016, Roxo Port Cellars began pouring their award-winning Port style wines at Chateau Margene: A Family of Wines at 845 Embarcadero Road in Morro Bay. In addition to their location in Paso Robles, Roxo will now be pouring alongside Chateau Margene, Mooney Family & El Pistolero. Head on out to the beach to cool off and taste all the wines at our location on the Embarcadero.
After years of decline in production due to some diesease issues, we have removed the vines from our original 5.5 acre vineyard and are re-planting Cabernet Sauvignon (3 different clones), Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot in the Spring of 2016. The vineyard in the back of the property will be producing both Cabernet Sauvingon (two clones) and Cabernet Franc this Fall.
Our estate winery tasting room in Creston remains open Friday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For “Barrel Room Experience” appointments with winemaker Michael, on Saturday or Sunday, call 805-238-2321.
Our Morro Bay tasting room on the Embarcadero, “Chateau Margene: A Family of Wines” is open 7 days a week from noon to 7:00 p.m.
The last of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from two of our sourced vineyards was pressed off on October 8th. Crop yields were down 30-50 % which we attribute to our 4th year of drought. Quality looks good with nicely balanced acidity. Tannin levels are moderate. All the crush/press equipment will get a thorough cleaning and put to bed. Another successful harvest completed!!
Our back block has been named “Stella’s Vineyard” in honor of Margene’s Mother who passed away earlier this year.