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Our Vineyards

Terroir, History, and Where to Taste Pierce Ranch Vineyard Wines


At an elevation of 1000 feet, our vineyards are situated in an alluvial basin on the southernmost tip of Monterey County, overlooking Lake San Antonio where they reap the benefits of the warm daytime temperatures. In this warmer climate, fruit is able to ripen consistently and reach full maturity with an ease rarely seen elsewhere in Monterey County. The predominant soil types are calcareous rock, broken shale, and decomposed granite and the climate is more similar to that of Paso Robles than it is to the rest of Monterey County, with fairly hot summer temperatures and an average annual rainfall of roughly 11 inches. An ideal haven for our grape varieties, the temperature in the valley drops significantly at nightfall, allowing the vines to recover. Spanning over 60 acres and divided into four separate parcels, our vineyards are planted on lightly rolling hills in rocky to moderately rocky soils consisting mainly of a combination of calcareous shale and loam. Because of their distinct microclimates, soil types, and topography, each of our four vineyards – the “Y” Ranch, Home Ranch, Panhandle, and the Western Addition – has a very different character. This variation in terroir from vineyard to vineyard helps to build complexity into the wines from the ground up, a complexity enhanced by our iterative approach to harvest, in which we isolate micro-blocks according to their relative ripeness and pick accordingly. 

yellow flowers between grape vineyards


Home Ranch Vineyards


a path with vines around it




Perched in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Range roughly 14 miles from the ocean and some 25 miles from Paso Robles, the area is a unique region with viticultural roots going back more than two centuries. First recognized as an ideal grape-growing region by the missionaries of Junipero Serra, the establishment in 1771 of the Mission of San Antonio de Padua also saw the planting of some of the first vineyards on the continent. These vineyards, planted in the eponymous Mission varietal and providing fruit as well as the necessary raw material for sacramental wine, remained in cultivation until the gradual decay of the mission system in the mid 1880s. Relatively isolated and sparsely populated, the region was largely neglected by viticulturists for decades. In recent years, however, the San Antonio Valley has undergone a long-deferred renaissance as growers and winemakers have come to rediscover the area’s suitability for growing robust, fully mature fruit.  Over the last decade, the valley has seen a marked spike in plantings, and a corridor of vineyards has sprung up along Jolon Road. In the process, the Lockwood area has attained a growing reputation for producing intensely flavored, complex wines of the sort more often associated with Paso Robles than with Monterey. Now the home of one the state’s most recently recognized AVAs – the San Antonio Valley appellation – the Bradley-Lockwood area is on the verge of adding an exciting, new facet to the wines of Monterey County.


We proudly serve our wine to the community and guests of Monterey, California. Built in 1915, the cottage house at 499 Wave Street houses our cozy tasting room. Adorned with a colorful garden, rustic setting and tailored music list, the tasting room has become a space where our members meet to unwind after a long week, and for visitors to get away from the more touristy areas of town, to mingle with locals and experience a fun wine tasting, guided by our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

The Pierce Ranch vineyard tasting room is a corner cottage with lots of greenery surrounding it
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