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.

Estate Vineyard Re-Planting Complete

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.

Roxo Port Cellars Pouring in Morro Bay

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.

Vineyard Re-Planting

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.

Estate Tasting Room Hours

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.


Harvest Wrap Up

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!!

Newest Vineyard Planting

Our back block has been named “Stella’s Vineyard” in honor of Margene’s Mother who passed away earlier this year.

Annual Spring Release Party

Saturday, April 18th    1:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Our annual new release party at the estate winery in Creston is set. Four new releases (2013 Cab, 2013 Cielo Rosso, 2013 Mooney Family Pinot Noir and our 2014 El Pistolero “Cold Steel” Chardonnay). Margene will have appetizer pairings and live music is being provided by The Mighty Croon Dogs. $25 per person. Reservations are required. Contact Cate at or 805-238-2321.