Chateau Margene – Creston

A producer of luxury Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, SLH Pinot Noir and port-style wines.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • Press & Accolades
  • About
    Producers of highly sought after luxury Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc under the Chateau Margene, luxury Pinot Noirs under Mooney Family and port style wines under Roxo Cellars.

    Chateau Margene is a small family-owned winery located in the Creston District AVA. The initial year of production was 1997. Farming practices are organic and sustainable and the focus is small lots of ultra-premium grapes that are hand picked, hand sorted and then gently moved through our gravity flow grape processing system.

    Mooney Family sources Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills AVA's.

    Roxo Cellars produces port-style wines aged in barrel for a minimum or 6 years for complex, structued wines.

    The Estate tasting room is open Friday - Monday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Make an appointment with winemaker Michael or assistant winemaker Jon for the "Elevated Tour & Tasting Experience". During this comprehensive one of a kind tour, you will be guided through the vineyard & winery to experience the entire growing and winemaking process, which ends with a sit down tasting of their current releases. The Elevated Tour & Tasting Experience is $60 per person and we can accommodate groups of up to eight (8) people.

    Our 2nd tasting room, "Chateau Margene: A Family of Wines" is located at 845 Embarcadero Road in Morro Bay. Open Daily from Noon to 7:00 p.m.. Come cool off at the beach and enjoy our wines.
  • Vineyard Details
    • The estate vineyard, located in the Creston District, is planted to 9 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (4 clones), Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec & Sangiovese This family-owned estate is farmed using organic and sustainable principles with a focus on low yield, water-stressed, superior quality grapes with exceptional balance.
    • First Date Planted: 1998
    • Last Date Planted: 2015
    • Row Orientations: 5 acres North/South, 4 acres East/West
    • Row Spacings: 5' x 10' & 4' x 8'
    • Trellis Type: VSP
    • Rootstock: 1103P
    • Irrigated/Dry Farmed: Deficit irrigation on drip
    • Soil Types: alluvial hillside terraces, granitic/sedimentary rock with sandy and clay loams
    • Slope Description: flat to 5 degree slopes
    • Harvest Method: Hand pick under lights or at first light
    • Wineries Supplied: Chateau Margene uses 90% of their estate fruit and will offer 2-3 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2020 season.
  • Varieties Grown
    • Cabernet Sauvignon | 5 acres

    • Cabernet Franc | 2 acres

    • Merlot | 1 acres

    • Malbec | 1 acres

  • Press & Accolades
  • Accolades

    • Mooney Family Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Nov 2016, 94 Points & Editor's Choice
    • Chateau Margene 2013 CASK 4 (Cabernet Sauvignon), Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Sep 2016, 93 Points
    • Chateau Margene 2013 CASK 4 (Cabernet Sauvignon), Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Sep 2016, 93 Points
    • El Pistolero Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Dec 2015, 94 Points & Editor's Choice
    • Chateau Margene 2013 CASK 7 (Cabernet Franc), Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Dec 2015, 93 points
    • Chateau Margene 2012 CASK 4 (Cabernet Sauvignon), Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Jun 2015, 94 points
    • Chateau Margene 2010 Beau Melange, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Apr 2015, 94 points