In 1987 a small planting partially derived from European plant cuttings pirated by Francis Joyce and planted on a 40% sloped hillside was our first roots in Monterey county wine country. Since then a partnership between Francis Joyce and Russell Joyce has evolved into producing unique wines from a number of small specific vineyard sites throughout Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands and San Benito County American Viticulture Areas.
Joyce wines represent a dedication and pursuit amongst partners Russell and Francis Joyce. By farming a small piece of land ourselves, we understand the importance in connection with our partner vineyards spread throughout Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands and San Benito County.
All wines are produced at our own private bonded facility in Salinas California. Our essential core value in producing our wines consists of being the hands that gently guide the grape and ultimately the wine into becoming a beautiful artistic expression. As we evolve, we continue the pursuit in showing our passion and dedication to expressing the terroir in which our wines derive from.
Winemaking and wine growing is an art. It is our passion and intuition that allows us to translate a plant and its fruit into a beautiful bottle of wine. It is our pursuit to produce wines in an honest fashion while staying true to the variety and vineyard source. We attempt to create wines that show balance and complexity while being enjoyable upon release. Each barrel of Joyce wine is made with minimal handling and maximum attention. Taking a more passive approach in the cellar has shown us that "Less is more." Therefore we attempt only to gently guide our wines rather over manipulate them. We will intervein in the wines journey if needed but otherwise following a more passive approach allows the wines to reveal the true characteristics of the fruit and terroir in which is derived from. We encourage you to taste our pursuit of greatness in the central coast wine region.