Holman Ranch’s vineyard lies between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation. The rootstocks and soils are most important in producing excellent fruit from our vineyards. We use the French philosophy in our approach to producing fine wine. Winemaking starts with people. People make the decisions and those decisions determine the quality of the wine.

The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains are very important to Carmel Valley viticulture. The local hills hold back the marine layer and broad breezes, which is beneficial to producing consistently good fruit. Sedimentary soils, such as, chock rock and Carmel stone also play a major role in our wine producing methods by providing good soil drainage. We “stress the vines” of our fruit with emphasis on reproduction, which in turn, stops growth and ripens fruit. The valley configuration allows for fog in the morning but with it rapidly moving out as the air warms which is great for our Pinot Noir grapes. Our proximity to the ocean and our elevation are positive characteristics for our vines.


We strive for more balance and structure in the grapes while aiming for three tons per acre at harvest. No herbicides or pesticides are used on our fruit and we have received our sustainable and organic certificate.

Our clonal selection primarily consists of California and French Dijon clones.


Located in the heart of Carmel Valley at the northern end of the Carmel Valley Appellation, Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast.



The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling coastal breezes provides an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir.



The perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils provides an excellent environment for the growing of Burgundian Clones.


Please contact us for more information at
(831) 659-2640 or at wines@holmanranch.com

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