The Joullian and Siss Families purchased 655 acres of prime vineyard land on the Carmel Valley Bench. Located 1,400 feet above sea level, they undertook the difficult task of terracing their vineyards.
After clearing the land, the first vines were planted in the rocky soil. Today, their vineyard is planted with primarily Bordeaux varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. In addition, they noted for planting the Carmel Valley’s first Zinfandel vine. A mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot is used to make Joullian’s flagship wine.
Most of the acreage that is not planted with the Bordeaux varietals or Zinfandel is comprised of Chardonnay. Chardonnay thrives in the climate of the Carmel Valley, producing opulent, complex wines. The Roger Rose Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco is one of the best wines Joullian produces.