What you need to know about the Echelon Vineyards?

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The Chalone Wine Group has been producing premium quality wines since the 1960s. Because of the overwhelming demand for their wine, they decided to launch a side project. This side project became Echelon Vineyards, and now is the Central Coast representative for Chalone.

Echelon Vineyards was introduced to the world of wine with their 1997 Chardonnay. Although this wine did not set the world on fire, it laid the foundations for a very successful future producing wine from Central Coast grapes.

Because Echelon is a part of the well established Chalone group, they are able to utilize the fine relationships that Chalone has with growers from around the state. This allows Echelon to produce wines from different AVAs. Although they make a diverse selection of wine, Echelon focuses most of their attention on their vineyards in the Central Coast AVA.

Winemaker Tom Westberg works closely with Echlon Vineyard’s viticulturalist to ensure the highest quality product. The main focus of Westberg’s attention goes into producing high-quality wines that embody the land and climate of the vineyards. This is a very difficult task, but every great winemaker knows that great wines come from the vineyard.

What you need to know about the Echelon Vineyards?

As one of the main wineries in the Chalone group, Echelon has its choice of which wines it wants to produce. This is mainly because winemaker Westberg has access to almost every varietal grown in California.

The main varietals which Echelon produces include a Shiraz, from the Syrah grape grown in their Esperanza Vineyard adjacent to their winery. Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines are produced from fruit produced in their Salinas Valley Vineyard. Echelon’s most prized wines are their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made from grapes grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA.