Former fencing contractor Frank Leal owns Leal Vineyards. He does not compromise in any aspect of his operation, and is extremely detail oriented. His wines have a dedicated following.
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Leal Vineyards is located in the Cienega Valley AVA in San Benito County. Owner Frank Leal is a former fencing contractor, and is now passionate about growing grapes. In 1998, he bought 40 acres in the Cienega Valley.
Only 28 at the time, he began planting Cabernet Sauvignon grapes the following year. His intention was to sell the fruit to other growers. But he soon caught the winemaking bug and decided to build his own winery and tasting room.
The estate vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, and Chardonnay. Many of these vines are still young, but they are starting to producing excellent grapes as they mature.
Winemaker Dave Griffin is a master at selecting the right yeast strains, barrel aging, and blending. He only filters his wine when it is completely necessary. Leal Vineyards is located in the foothills of the Gabilan Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful views. The property also hosts corporate events and weddings.