Two Pristine Locations
Handcrafted wines, rich in character and varietal expression is what you’ll find at Chateau Margene, a winery founded by Michael and Margene Mooney in 1997. Back then, it was a passion for high quality Cabernet Sauvignon that inspired the couple to purchase 22 acres of land in Creston, Calif, (southeast of Paso Robles,) which offers ideal growing conditions for Bordeaux varietals.
Today, Michael Mooney’s commitment to producing small lots of superior wine couldn’t be more evident than in his Beau Melange, Chateau Margene’s flagship Bordeaux-style blend. Made exclusively with estate-grown fruit, this highly coveted convergence of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is made in very limited quantities (three to four barrels per year) and aged 30-36 months in 100% French oak. In addition to the grapes sourced from their own six planted acres, the winery also utilizes fruit from seven additional growers in the Paso Robles AVA for their Bordeaux, Rhone and Super Tuscan style blends and two growers in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, in Monterey County, for their Pinot Noirs.
In 2006, the Mooney Family wine label was launched. This label, done in conjunction with their sons Chris & Jon, offers an exceptional array of Rhône varietal wines, such as Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache Blanc, as well as a Petite Sirah and avibrant, fruit forward Pinot Noir.
Both Chateau Margene and Mooney Family Wines can be sampled at their two tasting rooms: one located at the Estate Vineyard and Winery in Creston, and the other conveniently found on the corner of Peachy Canyon Road and Vineyard Drive on the west side of Paso Robles. For a truly memorable tasting experience, wine enthusiasts can schedule a winery tour and barrel tasting with winemaker Michael at the Creston location (reservations required).
The west side tasting room is beautiful all year-round. During the warmer months, guests can enjoy a picnic on the patio, or soak in the sun by the picturesque pond. Cooler weather is a great excuse to cozy up to the indoor fireplace with a glass of stellar Cabernet Sauvignon and good company. Those seeking dessert wines will be thrilled to discover that Chateau Margene now shares its tasting room with Roxo Port Cellars, producers of high quality port style wines. In addition, visitors to Chateau Margene’s west side tasting room can also purchase products from Limerock Orchards, who produce delicious roasted walnut oil and walnut products.
Chateau Margene Estate Vineyard & Winery
Open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Barrel tastings by appointment)
4385 La Panza Road, Creston, CA 93432
(805) 238-2321 | www.chateaumargene.com
Chateau Margene at Limerock Orchards
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6996 Peachy Canyon Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446