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Chateau Margene - East » Profile


From the vineyard to the bottle, Chateau Margene (Cabernet blends) and Mooney Family (Rhone blends and SLH Pinot Noirs) are producing small lots of luxury wines that exhibit intense varietal character. We invite you to visit our beautiful tasting room at the corner of Vineyard Drive and Peachy Canyon Road to enjoy our latest releases. It is open daily from 11am to 5pm (except holidays). Appointments for a tour & tasting with winemaker Michael, at the estate winery in Creston, can be made by calling 805-238-2321.

The various microclimates within the Paso Robles viticulture region (AVA) offer diversity of temperature, elevation and soils. In addition to the estate vineyard, grapes are purchased from eight unique vineyards on both the east and west sides of Highway 101. The estate vineyard benefits from the Templeton Gap influence. From April 1 -October 10, the Creston area is consistently ranked as the 2nd coolest growing area within the AVA (data compiled from PRWCA's Weather Summary - Growing Degree Days). Day to night temperature swings between 40 and 50 degrees are the norm during the growing season. The Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from our Monterey County neighbor to the north in a cooler AVA called the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Chateau Margene currently has six acres planted: 5 1/2 acres are devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon with the remaining 1/2 acre a mix of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Malbec. The vineyards at Chateau Margene are in their 13th leaf this year and our production yields average 1.5 tons per acre. Owner/Winemaker Michael Mooney is a strong believer that balanced, low yield vineyards, with deficit irrigation practices and strict canopy management, produce superior fruit.

"Great wine starts with great fruit. It all starts in the vineyard," says Michael. "We shoot and cluster thin the crop to control the level of production, deficit irrigate to control the amount of water to the vines, do leaf removal to get more sunlight to the fruit."

Once in the winery, all grapes are hand sorted prior to destemming and all fermentation is done is small open topped bins. Extended sur lie aging is practiced and French Oak barrels are the dominant aging vessels.


Learn more about our vineyards


4385 La Panza Road
Paso Robles, 93432





Daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except holidays)

Tasting Fee
$10/pp (credit towards purchase)


Wines Produced
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir
Red Rhône-Style Blend
Red Meritage Blend