Holman Ranch Estate Vineyard and Winery is located approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast at the northeastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation. Our boutique winery in Carmel Valley boasts 100% estate-grown California & French Dijon wine varietals that are planted on approximately 18 acres of undulating terrain, producing unfined wines crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape.
The climate and terroir of the Carmel Appellation play a critical part in the success and flavor of our carefully-crafted luscious wines. The warmth of the inland valley, coupled with the cooling marine layer, has established itself as the ideal microclimate for the production of delicious California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Our boutique winery produces a variety of estate wines, including:
Completed in August 2012, the Winery at Holman Ranch was built completely underground. This allows us to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidifying effects of a cave. The 3,000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58°F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1,200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are also maintained year round.
Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting, and aging take place within the cool environment of The Wine Cave, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line.
During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes are processed daily. Harvesting is limited to the morning hours, when the temperatures are cooler. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor, and then moved by forklift to the destemmer/presser.
White wines ferment for three weeks at around 50°F, and then age in French Oak for 4-7 months. Red varietals ferment for 10-14 days, and then age for 8-11 months, also in French Oak.
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Experience the flavor of hand-crafted boutique wines produced in the fertile region of the Carmel Valley Appellation. Holman Ranch produces 100% estate-grown and crafted wines that luscious, delicious, and perfectly pair with your favorite foods and events. Visit our Shop to learn more about each of our estate varietals, and make sure to join the Wine Club for regular deliveries of our favorite wines!
At Holman Ranch, we offer an unparalleled tour experience, offering rarely accessible views of our vineyards and of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Tours include a tasting of several wines and a ride through our scenic upper vineyards.
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