Founded in 1994 by Judy and Tom Beckmen, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate-grown winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. Since its inception, Beckmen Vineyards has evolved through a harmonious marriage of insight and inspiration to become one of North America’s premier producers of estate Rhône varietals.
Convinced of the tremendous potential of the Santa Ynez Valley, Tom Beckmen undertook an extensive and painstaking search for the ideal location to establish Beckmen Vineyards. He finally found what he was looking for on a small and neglected 40-acre parcel with an existing small winery. Together, Tom and his winemaker son Steve began polishing this jewel in the rough. They removed the 16 original acres of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon (planted in 1982) that had not realized their full potential due to neglect and incorrect varietal selection. The vineyard was replanted to the correct varietal selection on the correct rootstock, implementing modern viticulture practices in the vineyard. Today, the Beckmen wines portray the commitment that has been made in the vineyard.
Tom and Steve came to believe that the Santa Ynez region had the ideal climate and growing conditions for producing stunning Rhône varietals. This belief became a reality when the Beckmens purchased the property that would become Purisima Mountain Vineyard, an unplanted 365-acre Santa Ynez Valley ranch uniquely suited to Rhône varietals.
The rewards have been great but not without considerable labor. With an elevation reaching 1250 feet, the farming of Purisima Mountain Vineyard represents one of the most ambitious hillside vineyard endeavors in the Santa Ynez Valley. Yet, the high elevation, unique microclimate and rare limestone subsoil make this special vineyard a winemaker’s dream.
Beckmen Vineyards has stayed true to the land, and true to its vision. Believing that the wine in the bottle begins in the soil, Beckmen Vineyards has pursued a course of minimal intervention winemaking that respects the unique riches of Purisima Mountain Vineyard. The winery now produces a full line of excellent estate grown Rhône varietals including Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rosé, Marsanne, and Cuvée Le Bec (a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Counoise) that exemplify the capabilities of the region. It also produces small quantities of first-rate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc made from smaller vineyard lots that are well suited to these varietals.
Beckmen Vineyards / P.O. Box 542 / 2670 Ontiveros / Los Olivos, CA
93441 / Ph. 805-688-8664 / Fax 805-688-9983
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