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The Goss Family, Original Purchasers of farmland that would become Chamisal Vineyards.

1972

  • 69 acres of farmland is purchased just miles from the city of San Luis Obispo and five miles from the Pacific Ocean by Norman and Carolyn Goss, restaurateurs from Pasadena, CA.
  • The land parcel is named Chamisal Vineyards in honor of the native flowering plant that grew on the land.

1973

Chamisal becomes first commercial vineyard planted (approximately 30,000 vines) with support from local viticulturists and faculty at Fresno State and UC Davis in the area that would later become the Edna Valley AVA.

1976

The first vintage of Chardonnay grapes is harvested and is purchased by wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.

1978

Chamisal produces its first two vintages of Chardonnay under its own label and is released in small quantities.

PRV Califa inagural vintage

1981

Winery construction is completed, and the first Pinot Noir blocks (10 acres) are planted.

Chamisal 1986 Chardoonay rated 91 points

1989

Wine Spectator awards the 1986 Chamisal Chardonnay 91 points, the first Edna Valley Chardonnay to receive this score.

Tasting Room Opens in 1999

1999

Tasting Room opens at the original winery site, and the inaugural vintage of Califa Pinot Noir is released, winning Gold Medal at the California State Fair.

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