ownerGary and Phil Caraccioli
regionSanta Lucia Highlands
- Vineyard Area: 127 acres
- Varieties Cultivated: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
- Annual Production: 42,000 bottles
- Country: United States
- Winemaker: Michel Salgues
A family run winery, Caraccioli Cellars takes pride in developing wines that deliver an expression true to vintage and site. Founded in 2006, Caraccioli Cellars’ commitment starts in the vineyard through our utilizing solely Santa Lucia Highlands’ grapes. They aim to highlight the quality of our local Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes by producing fruit centric still wines, and Brut and Brut Rosé in their sparkling wine program. Michel Salgues, previously head winemaker at Roderer Estate, is their head winemaker and through his techniques and expertise the family vision is precisely executed.
Through light handed winemaking they aim to achieve elegance through rigorous control. Looking to showcase vintage variation their wines receive minimal manipulation, and in 2015 all wines produced will be 100% estate coming from Escolle. Elimination of outside grape sources only supports their efforts to heighten control in every way possible. The maturation of Escolle gives them the opportunity to fully control every decision that will be made at the vineyard.
Caraccioli wines have been described as “Old World” with deep roots, which is no surprise coming from this old world family!