Many millions of years ago, titanic forces of evolution pushed and pulled from deep within the mantle of the earth to form a mountain range we now call the Santa Lucias. Another smaller fracture erupted while an inland sea was cut off from the great ocean, finally forming a valley of marine deposits overrun from the fiery volcanic rock seeping down from this rupture. So a valley was created, unlike any vineyard land…the valley of Carmody McKnight, where the soils possess a wondrous combination of limestone, montmorillonite (“the wonder soil"), and volcanic rock.
In our time, this is now a legendary place, unique on this earth. The vineyards of Carmody McKnight seem miraculous, but science explains the geological marvel. The estate wine from vines where roots explore rare mineral earth breached from cataclysmic events eons ago, testify to the perfection of super soils and sublime climate. Astonishingly, even though our wine possesses more nutrients and minerals than any in the world, fertilization has never been necessary in the vineyard – the ultimate expression of “terroir”!
More than forty years ago, Gary and Marian Conway purchased a 19th Century homesteaded ranch west of Paso Robles and six miles from the seacoast art colony of Cambria, within the headlands of stunning Big Sur country.
Gary first beheld the idyllic beauty of this mountain valley aboard a helicopter moments before it crashed. Emerging from the wreckage, Gary dusted himself off and promptly announced to the still stunned real estate broker, "I'm going to buy this place!"
Carmody McKnight is a one-of-a-kind adventure -- from exploring Mt. Ignées, our backyard volcano, to strolling our art galleries, which display through the hand of man, works blazing with the drama of tectonic forces. We are a visit impossible to forget. Be prepared, though, for the totally unexpected and coming to terms with wine in ways you could have never before imagined.
TASTING ROOM HOURS:
Open daily 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. and most major holidays