At long last, we invite you to experience the breadth of our small production premium single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays throughout the year. After several years of thoughtful expansion, we have enough product to be able to introduce our wine membership club. With membership, carefully curated 3-bottle shipments will arrive 4 times a year to delight your senses. 

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Challen Winery is a small Santa Barbara County producer
of premium single vineyard designated Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Syrah.

Our grapes are sourced from vineyards of distinction,
whose owners share our passion for wine,
our commitment to quality and our respect for the land.

With Burgundy as our benchmark, we strive to produce
world class wines, with every bottle expressing a sense of place,
a reflection of the "terroir" unique to each vineyard from which it was born.

In this pursuit, we take a minimalist approach to the production of our wines.


Challen Cates

The Grapes

Our fruit is from well established vineyard sites, such as, Zotovich, Fiddlestix, Bentrock, and La Encantada Vineyards in Santa Rita Hills AVA, Talley Rincon is Arroyo Grande AVA, Tondre Grapefield Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, as well as, up and coming stars on the Santa Barbara County horizon, Drum Canyon, Bentrock Vineyard, and Peake Ranch, in Santa Rita Hills. Our clonal selection includes "Heritage" clones 2A Pommard 4, Mt. Eden, and Calera; and "Dijon" clones, 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777.

The Winemaking

Starting with uniformly ripe, hand picked and hand sorted grapes, we utilize both destemmed and whole cluster fruit in separate open top fermenting vats. Using indigenous and cultured yeasts, primary fermentation usually takes seven to ten days. Afterwards, the "free run juice" is gently pumped into French Oak barrels with the remaining "must" being put into a bladder press and, under low pressure, "pressed juice" is extracted and put into separate barrels. We use only French Oak barrels, predominately Tronçais Forest and Châtillon Forest by Tonnellerie Rousseau, medium toast, 20% of which are new. Racking occurs after completion of malolactic fermentation and then the barrels are constantly "topped" until assembled in blending tanks for bottling. The total time in barrel is sixteen months. Bottling is done without fining or filtering.

Mary Bradley, winemaker
Bill Cates, Consulting Winemaker (from the other side)

New Harvest Wines

2019 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Chardonnay Zotovich Vineyard


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2019 Chardonnay Talley-Rincon Vineyard


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2019 Chardonnay Gwendolyn


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Syrah Colton


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Pinot Noir Evelyn


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Pinot Noir Tondre Vineyard H Block


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Pinot Noir Bentrock Vineyard


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Pinot Noir Zotovich Vineyard


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard


Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Pinot Noir Jasper


Must be 21+ to purchase

2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir


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Upcoming & Past Events

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Where to Find Our Wines


  • Almor Wine and Spirits
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Bristol Farms
    All Cali locations
  • Hi-Time Wine Cellars
    Costa Mesa, CA
  • K&L Wine Merchants
  • Larchmont Village Wine & Spirits
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Merchant of Wine
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Napa Valley Wine Exchange
    San Francisco, CA
  • Nielsen Brothers Market
  • San Diego Wine Co.
    San Deigo, CA
  • Wine Spectrum
    Santa Rosa, CA
  • The Wine Vault
    San Francisco, CA

Bars & Restaurants

Los Angeles

  • All'Aqua
  • Amici Brentwood
  • Angelini Osteria
  • Angelini Ristorante
    Pacific Palisades
  • Arroyo Chop House
  • Augustine Wine Bar
  • Barbrix
  • Boa Steakhouse
    West Hollywood
  • The California Club
  • The Carmel Cheese Shop
  • Cornell Winery
  • Domaine LA
  • Eat Drink Americano
  • Emilia
    Beverly Hills
  • Firefly
  • The Front Yard
  • Glendora Country Club
  • Kali
  • Los Angeles Tennis Club
  • Market Provisions
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    Beverly Hills
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    Thousand Oaks
  • Mastro’s Ocean Club
  • Maybourne
    Beverly Hills
  • Montage
    Beverly Hills
  • Musso and Frank Grill
  • Odys and Penelope
  • Ocean Prime
  • Ombra Wine Bar
    (Glendale at Americana)
  • Osteria La Buca
  • Pacé
  • Petit Ermitage
  • Providence
  • R&D Kitchen
    Santa Monica
  • Redbird
  • The Royce
    (at the Langham)
  • Scratch Bar & Kitchen
  • Shiro
  • The Strand House Manhattan Beach
  • Toscana
  • Trattoria Amici
    (Glendale at Americana)
  • Vernetti

Palm Springs

  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    Palm Dessert

Orange County

  • Brick
    San Clemente
  • The Bridges
    Rancho Santa Fe
  • Gulf Stream
    Newport Beach
  • Ocean Prime
    Newport Beach
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    Costa Mesa

Central Coast

  • Cecco
  • PICO
    at the Los Alamos General Store
  • The Redbarn
    Santa Ynez

Long Beach

  • Chichina Steakhouse


  • Nocciola Ristorante

Northern California

  • The Side Door at The Village Mammoth Lakes
  • Tarpy's Roadhouse
    Monterey, CA

Santa Barbara

  • Honor Bar

North Carolina

  • Black Chicken Wine Cellar
  • Providence
  • A Southern Season
  • A Log Cabin
  • Highlands Wine Shoppe
  • Ni Fen
  • Cork and Ale
  • Heirloom
  • Rhino Market and Deli
  • Common Market
  • Cleveland Country Club
  • Manchester
  • Searstone Community
  • 1618 Seafood Grille
  • Cliffs at Walnut Cove
  • Napa on Providence
  • Local Loaf


  • Dovetail
    New York, NY
  • Gemma
    New York, NY
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    New York, NY
  • Pascalou
    New York, NY
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    Houston, TX
  • Brasserie 19
    Houston, TX
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    Washington, DC


  • Angels’ Share South
  • Bird Dog Wine Broker
  • Satyr Picks
    North Carolina
  • Fine Wine Trading Co.
    New York, NY
  • Dionysus Imports
  • Dovetail
    New York, NY

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