A chance planting in 1986 by Francis Joyce on a steep hillside in a small valley in Monterey County was our beginning. Now winemaker Russell Joyce who grew up working amongst the vines at the family’s small estate has followed his passion relentlessly pursuing unique vineyard sites throughout Monterey County with a focus on showcasing the potential of the terroir in Monterey’s coastal climate.
All wines are produced and bottled at our own production facility in Salinas, California by winemaker Russell Joyce and his small team of dedicated individuals. Each individual who assists in making our production possible shares the same values when it comes to making wine in Monterey County.
We harvest at moderate ripeness in order to avoid any deliberate additions as much as possible so the finished wine will be as transparent as possible showing the natural character of the terroir in which it derives from. Élevage for all of our wines takes place in neutral vessels allowing the grape to shine and avoid becoming masked by overpowering oak characteristics.
Our main focus is to produce honest, transparent wine that represents a time and place. Each vintage of our wine will be unique given the growing conditions that season but one thing that will remain constant is our dedication in the cellar to produce honest wine that showcases the natural tension and energy which comes from Monterey’s coastal climate.