In the late 1970’s, Bob and Patty Brower set out to fulfill their dream. Originally from the East Coast, they had a passion for wine and admired the French hospitality encountered while traveling in Europe. They saw the potential in Monterey County as a quality wine growing region, and in 1982 began building what is now known as Château Julien Wine Estate in Carmel Valley, California. The winery’s first release came in 1985 with Chardonnay and Merlot from the 1982 vintage. Today, the entire process of wine production takes place on the 16-acre estate, including the aging of nearly 2000 oak barrels of wine. Winemaker Bill Anderson joined the Browers in 1982, and produced the winery’s first 100% Merlot with the premier vintage. Bill continues to produce wine at Château Julien Wine Estate, and has played an integral part in establishing Merlot as the winery’s flagship varietal.
Virtually all Chateau Julien wines are produced from grapes grown in the Wine Estate’s local region of Monterey County. Winemaker Bill Anderson recently expanded beyond the Wine Estate’s own vineyard to explore quality, diversity and unique varietal characteristics through additional vineyard partnerships within the Monterey County appellation. Long term relationships based on nearly 30 years of local wine production has allowed Anderson the flexibility to draw from multiple sources to produce the best quality for Chateau Julien’s value driven Barrel Selected wines.
Chardonnay | Cabernet Sauvignon | Merlot | Pinot Grigio | Gewurztraminer | Red Blend | White Blend