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From the vineyard to the bottle, Chateau Margene (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab based blends) produces small lots of luxury wines that exhibit intense varietal character. We invite you to visit our beautiful vineyard and winery to enjoy our latest releases. It is open Friday-Monday from 11am to 5pm (except holidays). Appointments for our “Barrel Room Experience”, a tour & tasting with winemaker Michael at the estate winery in Creston, can be made by calling 805-238-2321 or emailing info@chateaumargene.com. Additionally, you can now taste our wines at our Morro Bay tasting room, Chateau Margene: A Family of Wines, at 845 Embarcadero.

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

Website
www.chateaumargene.com

Address
4385 La Panza Road
Creston, 93432

Phone
805.238.2321

  

Fax
805.238.2118

E-mail
info@chateaumargene.com

Hours
Open Friday-Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except holidays)

Tasting Fee
$18/pp (credited towards 1 bottle purchase)

Holiday Hours
Apr 20: Closed
Jul 4: Closed
Nov 27: Closed
Dec 24: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dec 25: Closed
Dec 31: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Jan 1: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Established
1998

Wines Produced
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Red Meritage Blend
Chardonnay
Sparkling Wine

Amenities
Bed & Breakfast
Picnic Area
Special Event Facilities
Tasting Room
Vineyard Tours
Wedding Venue
Winery Tours