The story begins with the Smyth Family who started a carriage collection in the early 1990s in Orange County. The Smyths like the history and elegance of horse drawn carriages. They had a strong desire to get back to the “farm” and it became a reality when they bought the scenic 100-acre Ranch near Paso Robles. Thus “Carriage Vineyards” was created. In the winter of 1999, plans were developed for the vineyard and supporting facilities. 22,000 vines were planted on 27 acres with varieties including Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Also 850 olive trees! Many improvements have been made, including an environmentally friendly 20,000 watt solar power system.
As the vines have grown, so have other projects including a bed and breakfast with a connected 2400 square foot carriage house. In 2018 Mike, & Colleen Eden along with longtime manager Elizabeth Ross bought the Carriage Vineyards. Mike & Colleen own a hotel in Key West Florida called The Eden House, (hence the addition to the name). Elizabeth was their General Manger for many years at The Eden House in Key West and was looking for a change. Together they found Carriage Vineyards and purchased it. Elizabeth has made it her home with her two sons, Brayden & Ashby. Now visitors can enjoy the miles of roads through the vineyards, orchards and pastures or take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy an amazing nights sleep on the Vineyard.