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Joullian Vineyards

2 Village Drive, Suite A
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 659-8100

Tasting:   Open 11 to 5 daily
Tasting fee is $5 credited with purchase
15% discount case discount
Price Range:   $15 to $32 per bottle
Established:   1986
Vineyards:   40 acres
  12,000 cases

Joullian Vineyards Description

Just ½ block off of Carmel Valley Road in the heart of the village lies a quaint little “Gothic cathedral” that is the tasting room home of Joullian Vineyards. This great little rock-walled structure provides the perfect invitation to venture past the inlaid wood doors and taste some of their good wine. The French provincial interior has a faux custom limestone tasting counter with dark woods, high beamed ceilings and a tile floor. There are wine accessories for sale along with wine books, napkins, logo clothing, and gourmet food items.

Joullian’s vineyard property was purchased in 1982. It originally consisted of 655 acres of hillside bench land at an elevation of 1,400 feet in the heart of the remote Carmel Valley viticulture appellation. Following extensive contouring and terracing, 40 acres of high-density-spaced vines were planted in the rocky Arroyo Seco Series loam. The planting emphasized Bordeaux varieties, allocating two-thirds of the vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and well as Carmel Valley’s first Zinfandel.

The winery, located in the remote upper Carmel Valley, was completed in the spring of 1991, and is designed to handle each vineyard block separately to ensure that the complex subtleties and nuances produced in the field are transferred intact to the bottle. All the wines produced at Joullian are made from estate grapes with the exception of their Chardonnay, which is sourced from vineyards in the nearby Santa Lucia Highlands and the Arroyo Seco appellations.

Joullian Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Storefront only
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
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The classic feeling that surrounds you when you enter into the Cathedral style tasting room of Joullian Vineyards is a beauty that overwhelms you and becomes just as valuable to the experience as tasting the wine itself. Only a short drive from the coast, you are still able to catch a scent of the ocean if the winds allow. The selection of wines, each harvested on the estate with the exception of the Chardonnay, is decent. My personal favorite was the 2006 Joullian Muscat Hamburg, its crisp texture mixed with the sweetness of cherry and cinnamon left me wanting more. It was hard to leave without stocking up on several bottles.

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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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