The Merrill Family’s agricultural heritage and grape growing history dates back at least 8 generations on California’s central coast. A former family ranch still is home to a grape arbor planted in the 19th century. Today, Dana and Marsha Merrill and son Matthew farm the vineyards, while Matthew's winemaking is complemented by winemaker par excellence, Jim Shumate. After nearly 30 years of growing grapes for many of the finest wineries in California, ranging from ultra premium small producers to the largest international brands, the Merrill’s decided to produce their own wines. In addition to the family estate, the finest blocks of grapes from Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties are selected from vineyards managed by a sister firm, Mesa Vineyard Management, Inc. All wines produced are exclusively farmed by the Merrill's who believe that control from planting and pruning through harvest, fermentation and cellaring is critical for success. It also ensure a uniform dedication to Sustainability, which led our recent Certification to the SIP program within the Central Coast Vineyard Team.The family believes in community and industry involvement. Dana Merrill was the first San Luis Obispo County Chair of the California Assn of Winegrape Growers, a charter member of the pioneering vineyard Sustainability group, the Central Coast Vineyard Team and is a past two term Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.
Influenced by the Templeton Gap, the El Pomar District’s warm days transition to mild evenings and cool nights resulting from the afternoon sea breezes. This unique climate paired with our calcareous soils provides ideal growing conditions for high quality wine grapes.
First Date Planted: 1998
Last Date Planted: 2020
Row Orientations: Various
Row Spacings: 10x6, 9x5, 8x5
Trellis Type: VSP with various catch wires
Rootstock: Freedom, 1103P, 101-14
Irrigated/Dry Farmed: Irrigated
Soil Types: Line Callado
Slope Description: Various
Harvest Method: Hand
Wineries Supplied: Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, Sextant, Justin, Hope Family Wines, The Fabliest, Feild Recordings, Justin Vineyards & Winery, J Lohr Winery, Winc, Daou Winery, Bonny Doon, Treasury Wine Estates, Tolosa Winery, Duckhorn Estates, Gallo, and Hearst Ranch.