Reflecting and breaking through. I’ve spent this week educating myself, looking inward and having in depth race and discrimination conversations with my family and friends. We have a lot more to learn and many more discussions to have and we cannot slow our momentum in our commitment to racial justice. We are dedicated to helping and there will be many steps along the way. While my family has important conversations at home about race, justice and equality, I am also thinking about what our family winery can do to effect change. As we are continuing to educate ourselves and expand our hearts and minds, we have chosen to take the immediate step of pledging to donate a percentage of June sales to the John June Lewis Sr scholarship fund. The #johnjunelewisSr scholarship is in partnership with @uncf to support Black applicants pursuing careers in the wine industry. John June Lewis Sr was the first African American to own a vineyard and winery in the United States. As our small business grows, we are committed to being part of a more diverse community.

We remain dedicated to bringing our wines to you to enjoy in the comfort of your home so we are offering free ground shipping on every order of 3 bottles or more.

We are adapting each day and using the latest health guidelines and advisories to safely package and deliver your wines. We thank you for your support and we look forward to having a glass of wine with you soon.

A votre santé,


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.


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

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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2016 Jasper Pinot Noir


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2018 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.


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Library Wines

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.


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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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2330 Westgate Rd. #6 Santa Maria, California 93454