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 and Chardonnays.

Our grapes are sourced from vineyards of distinction,
whose owners share our passion for Pinot Noir,
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.

Cheers,

Challen Cates

The Grapes

Our fruit is from well established vineyard sites, such as, Zotovich, Lindsay’s, 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, and Dierberg Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, as well as, up and coming stars on the Santa Barbara County horizon, Bentrock Vineyard, and Peake Ranch, both 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.

Kevin Law, winemaker
Bill Cates, Consulting Winemaker (from the other side)

New Harvest Wines

2018 Challen Winery Pinot Noir- Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley AVA

Tasting Notes

A stunning deep garden color invites into a nose of rose garden, candy apple and plum. Bold stone fruit and blackberry with a delicate touch of baking spices enchant the palate. WE 93 Points

$60.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2018 Pinot Noir - Bentrock Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Tasting Notes

Luscious mixed berry cobbler. Think cooked strawberry, cherries and raspberries. Oh wow! Tobacco, leather and earth lend depth and luxury to this stunning wine. WE 93 Points

$65.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2018 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Tasting Notes

"Dark aromas of boysenberry and black cherry are sprinkled with plenty of baking spice, particularly star anise, on the nose of this bottling. The palate also shows a full-throttle expression, from dark fruit to violet florals, as the acidity and tannins balance tension and richness." WE 92 Points

$60.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2018 Challen Winery Chardonnay - Zotovich Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Tasting Notes

"There's an alkaline streak to the nose of this bottling, with aromas of ash and sour cream, as well as more familiar tones of peach peels and honeysuckle. It's very tightly wound on the sip, where Meyer lemon peel and light nectarine meet with a touch of smoke and browned butter, leading into a delicate caramel finish."WE 92 points

$48.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2018 Chardonnay - Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley AVA

Tasting Notes

The nose has a lovely floral essence of honeysuckle with fresh mint and a hint of almond. A harmonious blend of lemony citrus, toasted marshmallow and mineral on the palate. A lively and lengthy finish. WE 93 Points

$48.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2019 Redhead Rosé

Tasting Notes

Perfect pale peachy pink color, flint, strawberry and pineapple on the nose, palate rich in pineapple and orange, chalk and lively acidity.

$24.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

Library Wines

2016 Zotovich Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

Aromas of peach oil and honeysuckle extract make for a very sharp and pungent nose on this bottling. There are sandalwood and oak tones to the palate, with a fresh lemony citrus streak throughout. Wine enthusiast Matt Kettmann 90 pts

$48.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2017 Dierberg Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

Cola, forest floor, earth and violet on the nose. This is a medium bodied Pinot with stone fruit, rosemary and a hint of caramel on the palate. Revel in a lingering finish that reveals nuances with every taste.

$60.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2017 Dierberg Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

Santa Maria Valley AVA. Honey toast, pear and white flower on the nose. honeydew melon, lemon balm and peaches round out the taste. light minerality and lively acidity provide beautiful backbone and structure.

$48.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2016 Bentrock Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

Tobacco, cooked blackberries and leather embrace the nose, luscious plum, cocoa and black cherry round out the palate on this bold and voluptuous wine.

$65.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

2017 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

This plush wine delivers layers of wet earth, tobacco and freshly cleaned leather. Swirl and discover bing cherries, cooked peaches, violet and orange peel. This bio-dynamic wine melts across the palate with a luscious, long-lasting finish.

$60.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Jasper had the luxury of being held back a vintage. A brilliant garnet red wine with aromas of dense forest, creme brûlée and bing cherries with subtle notes of white pepper and sun dried tomatoes. This is a round, lush wine with beautiful oak treatment and a lengthy finish. Jasper is the life of the party.

$85.00

Must be 21+ to purchase

Upcoming & Past Events


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Where to Find Our Wines

Retail


  • 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
    Carmel
  • 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
  • Arroyo Chop House
  • Augustine Wine Bar
  • Barbrix
  • The California Club
  • 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
    Malibu
  • Montage
    Beverly Hills
  • Musso and Frank Grill
  • Odys and Penelope
  • Ocean Prime
  • Ombra Wine Bar
    (Glendale at Americana)
  • Osteria La Buca
  • Pacé
  • Providence
  • R&D Kitchen
    Santa Monica
  • Redbird
  • The Royce
    (at the Langham)
  • Scratch Bar & Kitchen
  • Shiro
    Pasadena
  • 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
    Solvang
  • PICO
    at the Los Alamos General Store
  • The Redbarn
    Santa Ynez

Long Beach

  • Chichina Steakhouse

Ojai

  • Nocciola Ristorante

Northern California

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

Santa Barbara

  • Honor Bar
    Montecito

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

Elsewhere

  • 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

Wholesale

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

Connect with Us

Contact Us

Updates from the Winery

323-879-8081
2330 Westgate Rd. #6 Santa Maria, California 93454
info@challenwinery.com