The Holman Ranch located in the Carmel Valley, besides being a wonderful getaway Resort, also has its own vineyards and winery. A short, delightful stroll takes one to Pinot Noir vineyards planted on the sloping terrain of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Then to the underground winery tunneled into the mountainside.
Here everything to make superior wines is located. The estate grown grapes are crushed here in a temperature that remains at 60 degrees year round, fermentation takes place here and the wines are aged here in French oak barrels and stainless steel containers.
In all this underground winery contains over 3600 square feet and there is space for bottle aging as well.
Winemaker is Greg Vita who has achieved an excellent reputation for his quality vintages.
Our tour of the Holman Ranch Winery was guided by Nick Elliott, guest services manager, at the Resort.
The estate vineyards grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris grapes and all the wines are from the estate.
Marketing is in two labels Holman Ranch and Jarman. Jarman wines are named for the mother of the owners, the late Jarman Lowder, and in her memory one dollar of very bottle of wine sold goes to the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation.
Jarman wines include a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both from estate grown, organic grapes and aged in French Oak barrels.
The Jarman wines are only sold in the Jarman Tasting Room located in Carmel Valley.
There is also a tasting room for the Holman wines which we visited and chatted with Duncan who is manager which is also located in the picturesque village of Carmel Valley..