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! 

The Sierra Mar Syrah block above Salinas Valley

Springtime at Sierra Mar Vineyard

Map of Santa Lucia Highlands