Coquelicot Estate Vineyard
A red poppy decorates the labels of Coquelicot’s wines. A coquelicot is French for a type of flower that grow’s throughout France. At 58 acres, Coquelicot’s estate vineyard is organically farmed and located in the Santa Ynez Valley. Bernard Rosenson, who grew up in France, acquired Coquelicot’s property in 2005. He has been involved in the restaurant and hospitality industries since the 1990s. However, his dream was to start his own winery.
Coquelicot Estate Vineyard is located near Mission Santa Ines, which is part of California’s mission history. Since 2007, the vineyard has been managed in a sustainable and organic farming method. It received its organic certification in 2010. No toxic herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are used. Composting, encouraging natural predators and the use of cover crops like mustard and legumes create a biodynamic environment for the vines to thrive. The estate and its Red Barn are available for special events like weddings.
Housed in one of the town’s oldest buildings, Coquelicot’s tasting room is located in downtown Los Olivos. The building dates to 1886 when it was used as a blacksmith shop. Visitors can enjoy tastings of wines like the Estate Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Rose and a Bordeaux blend. Wine tasters also may play a game of bocce ball and bring a lunch and relax in the tasting room’s backyard.