Beginnings: Our dream of owning a winery began with a shared passion for great wine, a wonderful growing environment, and the joy of sharing the experience with friends and family. In 1993, after years of enjoying tasting and buying wine, we decided to experience the winemaking process for ourselves. As it turns out, our 17 acres in the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains provided the per... Read more
Beginnings: Our dream of owning a winery began with a shared passion for great wine, a wonderful growing environment, and the joy of sharing the experience with friends and family. In 1993, after years of enjoying tasting and buying wine, we decided to experience the winemaking process for ourselves. As it turns out, our 17 acres in the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains provided the perfect microclimate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon — warm days and cool nights. And so began the planting process... Working together: We worked and nourished the soil, terraced the hills and began our first vine plantings. Our vintage started in 1997 and our output has grown with our passion ever since. In 2002, we had our first commercial crush of 625 cases. In 2003, we built a small winery building and increased our production to 2000 cases. By 2004, we had increased our production to 3500 cases out growing our "Little winery." In 2005 we expanded and built our present winery building and invited folks into our wine club. Now in 2009 we produce many award-winning red and white varieties and our family of wine club members have grown. Our Roots: Both Therese and Dan were born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains area. A triathlete, marathon runner and horseback rider, Therese's roots come from the agriculture of the area. Therese's family roots come from the Corralitos area. For many years, Therese owned and operated several landmark neighborhood markets along with husband Dan. An avid motorcycle rider and sailing enthusiast, Dan's families roots come from the Carmel Valley, where the first Martin Ranch was established. Dan has owned and worked the current Martin Ranch for over 30 years. Tradition-Passion-Excellence: Family roots and tradition are very important to Therese and Dan. "Sharing vegetables from our garden, gourmet food from our kitchen, and our award winning wine with friends and family, is a wonderful way for us to celebrate during the longs days of harvest and winemaking." Passion for life and the art of winemaking are their inspiration. "Our love of life, sharing great wines and food with family and friends, are what make the Martin Ranch Winery so special." Excellence is the foundation for everything Therese and Dan create. "Every year we produce award winning wines, and are blessed to share with you the rewards of our Tradition-Passion-Excellence." Read less
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