|The Story of Joullian Vineyards
Joullian Vineyards was created by the Joullian and Sias families of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with the goal of producing estate-crafted wines with the complexity, finesse and ageability characteristic of the finest wines of the world. Recognizing the need for estate control, the partnership embarked upon a long-term plan and soon engaged Ridge Watson, with international winemaking experience, to seek and develop the unique combination of land, vineyards and winery facilities necessary for fine wine production.
A Mountain Vineyard
Early in 1982, Joullian Vineyards, Ltd. purchased 655 acres of hillside benchland at an elevation of 1400 feet, in the heart of the remote Carmel Valley viticulture appellation. Following extensive contouring and terracing, 40 acres of high density-spaced vines were planted in the rocky Arroyo Seco series loam. The planting emphasized Bordeaux varieties and allocated two-thirds of the vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon...plus Carmel Valley’s first Zinfandel, which was personally planted by owner Dick Sias.The remaining acreage, originally planted to Chardonnay, was grafted to more pre-Prohibition Zinfandel selections throughout the 1990’s. Pursuing complexity in the wines, Watson planted multiple clones of each varietal from reputed sources such as Mount Veeder, 3 Palms, Diamond Mountain, Sterling, Ventana, Brandlin, St. Peter’s Church and Lytton springs. The Winery, completed in the spring of 1991, was designed to handle each vineyard block separately to insure that the complex subtleties and nuances produced in the field could be transferred into the bottle.
Our Village Tasting Room
Due to the winery’s remote location, Joullian opened its tasting room in the charm- ing Carmel Valley Village to welcome and introduce visitors to Joullian wines. Located at 2 Village Drive in Carmel Valley, the Village Tasting Room is open daily from 11am-5pm excluding major holidays (Tel. 831 659-8100). It’s the perfect place to experience Carmel Valley’s renowned climate, cuisine and nectar of the gods. Joullian welcomes visitors to the winery for its annual Saturday Open House events, held seasonally.Owners, Dick and Jeannette Joullian Sias, are committed to growing superb grapes that create memorable wines, and we hope that each time you uncork a bottle of Joullian wine, you will taste the difference and appreciate our dedication to producing the finest wines from our area.