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Treat yourself to lush vineyard views and picturesque lakes. Inside our 141-year-old pioneer farmhouse you'll experience 100% Estate Grown Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and the multiple award-winning Meritage "Cadenza." Browse the gallery of art and discover the work of proprietor Gary Conway. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 11240 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
805.238.9392. Email: info@carmodymcknight.com.
www.carmodymcknight.com

More than thirty years ago, Gary and Marian Conway purchased land in Adelaida, west of Paso Robles. Gary first beheld the idyllic beauty of the area aboard a helicopter moments before it was about to crash. Emerging from the wreckage, Gary exclaimed to the still stunned real estate broker, "I'm going to buy this place!" This is the stuff of legends; and indeed, in the ensuing years the land and its extraordinary soil and microclimates are fast becoming legendary.

The vineyard has been the subject of the Central Coast Wine Classic Vineyard Symposium, because it may be the only known premium vineyard in the world possessing both limestone and igneous (volcanic) soils. In the history of the vineyard, it is an astonishing fact that there has never been a necessity to fertilize (a common regularity in all vineyards), yet the mineral-abundant grapes (and wine!) of Carmody McKnight are richer in nutrients than any wine grape ever tested - a "natural" phenomenon and the ultimate expression of "terroir."

In 1989, the Conways established the winery on this enchanting property as Silver Canyon following the planting of grapes in 1985. Carmody McKnight originated with the 1995 vintage as an even more individual vision that evolved from their hand-crafted, 100% estate grown blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a one-of-a-kind dessert wine, Kathleen. Carmody McKnight is a personal reconversion embracing a purity of purpose that is not bound by commercial considerations.

Actor, writer, painter, and farmer turned vintner, Gary is the author of the book, Art of the Vineyard. Glowing with eighty-five of his brilliant paintings, the book was described by Booklist as "demonstrating the human capacity to love, desire, create, and persevere...a rendering of Conway's passion." This also best describes Gary's approach to the making of wine. Carmody is Gary's birth name, changed to Conway at the hands of know-it-all Hollywood agents, but it still saw him through starring roles in world-favorite TV series Burke's Law and Land of the Giants as well as numerous outstanding motion pictures. He still uses Carmody on a personal level. Carmody McKnight labels depict Gary's intense vineyard landscapes. As the wine draws its definition, indeed its spirit, from the earth where it is born, so does Gary's paintings. A new art work will be featured with each vintage and varietal, thus creating an artist series.

Even before Marian discovered Gary, she discovered the noble wine on her initial journey to France. Since she planted the first vine in this prodigious vineyard, Marian's pursuit of wine has been the pursuit of the ideal, a subject she can speak to with earned authority. McKnight is Marian's maiden name, the same used when she was crowned Miss South Carolina and then during that same year, Miss America.

Kathleen Conway grew up with the land that became the Conway Vineyards. A winemaker in her own right (her late harvest Kathleen Cabernet Franc has gained an extremely loyal following), she manages day-to-day business for the vineyard and winery.

Greg Cropper took a longer road to the land. Greg had the opportunity over ten years ago to be an integral part in the development of a premium Central Coast winery. He became cellar master and then vineyard manager before joining the Conways as general manager and winemaker. His experience, from the soil on up, brings versatility to wine making that must originate in the vineyard.

 

Learn more about our vineyards

Website
www.carmodymcknight.com

Address
11240 Chimney Rock Road
Paso Robles, 93446

Phone
805.238.9392

  

Fax
805.238.3975

E-mail
kathleen@carmodymcknight.com

Hours
Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Established
1989

Wines Produced
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Pinot Noir
Red Blend
Red Meritage Blend
Chardonnay
Late Harvest
Sparkling Wines
Dessert Wine