Established in 1979, Acacia was one of the first wineries to make single vineyard Pinot Noir with purchased grapes. Their first Pinot was sourced from the highly regarded St Clair Vineyard. This business model has since been adopted by many other producers. It allows winemakers to get their financial footing before they invest a lot of money in vineyard development.
Acacia did not begin to purchase their own vineyards until 1996. The winery currently owns about 150 acres of top quality estate vineyards, but they continue to source grapes from other growers.
Anthony King has been the winemaker at Acacia since 2003. Michael Terrien is in charge of the vineyards. King makes a number of well received Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. His Pinots are quite full bodied and substantial.
The 2002 Beckstoffer Pinot Noir is an excellent single-vineyard wine from the Carneros AVA. The Beckstoffer Vineyard averages only 1.5 tons per acre, making this a deep, flavorful wine. This is Acacia’s flagship Pinot Noir.
The 2003 Carneros Chardonnay has a good blend of acidity and body. Seafood pairs nicely with this wine.
The winery is part of the Chalone Group, which was recently purchased by Diageo. Aside from making some great wines, the team at Acacia has also spent considerable energy restoring parts of Carneros to the original marshes. This has done wonders for the wildlife of the region, especially the birds.