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New Year, New Wine: Top Emerging Wineries in Central California

As the new year unfolds, it's time to explore the fresh and exciting flavors of wine. California, known for its iconic vineyards, is a haven for wine lovers. This year, we're taking you on a journey through the heart of Central California to discover the top emerging wineries that are making waves in the wine industry.


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1. Albatross Ridge Winery

Located in Carmel Valley, Albatross Ridge Winery is a seventh-generation family farm that has quickly gained recognition for its exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their commitment to sustainable farming and minimal intervention winemaking allows the unique terroir of their coastal vineyard sites to shine through in every glass1.


2. Scratch Wines

Scratch Wines in Carmel is the brainchild of Sabrine Rodems, who sources grapes from various vineyards across Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara counties. Her Grenache, Pinot Noir, and Grüner Veltliner wines have made a significant impact on the local wine scene2.


3. Eden Rift Vineyards

Eden Rift Vineyards, located in the Cienega Valley, is one of the oldest continuously operating vineyards in California. However, it's their new direction under Christian Pillsbury's ownership that has the wine world buzzing. The focus here is on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with an exciting exploration of other varieties like Zinfandel and Barbera3.


4. Calera Wine Company

Although not a newcomer, Calera Wine Company has recently seen a resurgence under the new direction of winemaker Mike Waller. Located in the Gabilan Mountains, the winery is renowned for its Pinot Noir, which Waller crafts with an emphasis on elegance and terroir expression4.


5. Lepe Cellars

Lepe Cellars in Monterey is an exciting venture by Edgar Torres, who has a passion for producing Spanish varietals like Tempranillo and Grenache. His wines are known for their balance, complexity, and vibrant flavors5.


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The new year brings an opportunity to challenge your palate and explore new territories. These emerging wineries in Central California are not just producing fantastic wines; they're pushing boundaries and redefining the region's wine scene. So this year, raise a glass to new experiences and exceptional wines.


Here's to a New Year filled with new wines! 🍷



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