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Elliston Vineyard

463 Kilkare Road
Sunol, CA 94586
(925) 862-2377

Tasting:   Open weekends 11 to 4pm
Tasting is complimentary
  Tours by Appointment
Established:   1985
  2500 cases

Elliston Vineyard Description

Just up the narrow wooded canyon from the tiny country hamlet of Sunol is a stately 17-room, three-story, neo-Romanesque mansion featuring graceful stone arches and 32-inch-thick walls of blue sandstone. This is the home of Elliston Vineyards. Completed in 1890 by Henry Ellis and restored by its current owners in 1969, the mansion, winery and handsome event grounds blend perfectly with the natural landscape. Today Elliston is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a real treat to discover.

The former carriage house now contains the winery operation, and the bottom floor of the mansion serves as the tasting room. Visitors to the property in the late 1890s included Price Kuhio and Princess Elizabeth of Hawaii. On weekends, you can enjoy the property and taste their wines in the redecorated tasting room complete with period furniture, oriental rugs, chandeliers, and a rich oak tasting bar. There is also a small gift area to browse.

Don Blackburn was hired as Elliston's first winemaker. Trained in Burgundy, Don's wines from 1985 to 1990 were classically Burgundian in style, employing exclusively French Oak barrel fermentation, "sur lie" aging, and malolactic fermentation, emphasizing the complexity and unique flavors of the vineyard.

The original three-acre vineyard was planted in 1890, and has since been replanted to Chardonnay. In addition to their Chardonnay, the winery produces Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a sparkling wine. Elliston has beautful spaces for weddings and special events on site.

Elliston Vineyard Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Off the Beaten Path
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Cabernet Franc
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Gift Shop
Wedding Services
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Elliston Vineyard Reviews

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Suuzq2000, Paso Robles
An all-time favorite tasting. The ambiance attributed to my pleasant experience as I have a fondness for old buildings. They were pouring library vintages as part of a special weekend when we visited the winery. Fun.

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Hard to find but worth the effort
mikesq, Waltham
On the wrong side of the highway and a bit hard to find. The tasting room is in an old large stone mansion. The room is beautiful with a large oak bar. Service was great. Some very interesting wines. The Pinot blanc had a butterscotch and vanilla flavor - quite nice and only $14! Interesting off-dry sparkling wine.

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My favorite winery

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Great spot!
NapaWino, Fresno
Elliston is a very cool mansion/winery/events space that does a great job of combining the three elements into one. The building has been around for over 100 years, the people pouring were very informed about the history

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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