Sierra Mar Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands
Owned by Gary Franscioni, Sierra Mar Vineyard lies eight miles south of Rosella's Vineyard. Being further away from Monterey Bay, this is a slightly warmer site than Rosella's but still considered quite cool, as evidenced by the success of Chardonnay and Pinot noir grown here. Originally a cattle ranch, it's somewhat of a miracle that this vineyard even exist. In this low rainfall climate, water is definitely needed to establish vines. Alas, no water was found on the property. As a result, a well had to be drilled on the valley floor with booster pumps installed every mile to pump the water three miles up the mountain to the vineyard. Thank you Gary!