The Wine History of Carmel Valley
The Role of the Talbott, Joullian and Sias Families in the Development of Carmel Valley’s Wine Industry
Financially secure, the Talbott Family began pursuing their passion for wine. Robert Talbott Vineyards was founded in 1982 when Robert’s son Robb planted their Diamond T Estate. The vineyard is known for very powerful, yet balanced Chardonnay.
Sam Balderas was hired as the winemaker for Talbott in 1984. He is renowned for his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production. The winery currently produces about 24,000 cases of highly sought-after wines a year. They also sell a substantial amount of their grapes each year.
In 1982, the Joullian and Sias Families purchased 665 acres in the Carmel Valley. After significant effort and expense, 40 acres were planted with vines at about 1,400 feet above sea level. Thus, Joullian Vineyards was born.
The vines are grown on hillsides with striking views of the Pacific Ocean. Several different clones of red and white Bordeaux varietals are planted. Joullian Vineyards’ tasting room is located in Carmel Valley Village. The Carmel Valley AVA was established in 1983 and encompasses 19,200 acres of total land.
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