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Savannah Chanelle Vineyards

23600 Congress Springs Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
408.741.2930

Tasting:   Open daily 11 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $5
Purchases of 6-11 bottles: 5% off. Case: 10%.
Price Range:   $16 to $50 per bottle
Established:   1892
Vineyards:   14 acres
Production:
  8000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Savannah Chanelle Vineyards Description

In 1892, French immigrant Pierre Pourroy established this winery high above the Santa Clara Valley (better known today as Silicon Valley). Hidden on a plateau oasis in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the estate sits on 58 acres, growing Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. The dry-farmed Zinfandel plantings date back to 1910, and the Cabernet Franc plantings (California's oldest) date back to 1920.

Michael and Kellie Ballard purchased the property in 1996, naming it after their two daughters, and focused on making premium Pinot Noir. Their hand-crafted techniques and small-lot production is designed to showcase the unique attributes of a number of appellations, including their Santa Cruz Mountain estate vineyard, the Arroyo Grande Valley, the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the Russian River. They also produce a Syrah Port and sparkling wines.

As you head up the hill you pass by and between tall redwood trees, getting the feeling you are entering one of California’s beautiful state parks rather than the grounds of a winery. At the top of the knoll you come to the attractive old barn built in 1922 that houses the tasting room and winery. Inside the heavy wooden doors you enter the rustic, wooden-floored, open-beam tasting room, with its large oriental rugs and warm furnishings. There is a nice boutique inside selling wine-related items including pottery, picnic baskets and cutting boards. From the tasting room you can look down on the small fermentation tanks and winery operation. There is also a kids’ table with books and games.

The tasting counters are made from old sparkling wine “riddling racks” with glass overlays that contribute to the charm of the place. Outside there are picnic tables scattered about, and, if you continue on the pathway, there is an additional picnic spot among the redwood trees.

Savannah Chanelle Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
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Worst Customer Service Ever
Liz T., Scottsdale
I would have loved to have given this place a 0 if it was an option. I visited this winery a year ago and loved the wine and the service I received. However, I called today to get some information about a private party and spoke to a VERY rude individual named David. I asked for Dave at the begining of the phone call (which was the name I was given by another one of the other employees) and the person on the phone acted as if I had called the wrong number. I was about to tell him I had the wrong number and hang up when he asked me if the name was Dave. I told him that's what I was given and he said actually that his name was David but sometimes they called him Dave and that's what he goes by. I then proceeded to ask him about my small private party and he was incredibly short with me to the point of being mean and told me there was nothing they could do for me. I was never rude to him or angry because I was unable to have my party there, I was shocked that he spoke to me that way. I will make sure on my vacations to California to not go back to this winery and to tell other people that they should choose somewhere else if they want a good experience. I can't believe in this economy people would act a certain way to make others not want to do business with them.

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Great Wine Served with a Smile
winegirl, Mountain View
Spent a delightful few hours at Savannah Chanelle Vineyards sipping high quality wine, while speaking with highly educated winery staff. Everything about this winery is worth the trip out there!

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

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