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.
The first vintage of Chardonnay grapes is harvested and is purchased by wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.
Chamisal produces its first two vintages of Chardonnay under its own label and is released in small quantities.
Winery construction is completed, and the first Pinot Noir blocks (10 acres) are planted.
Wine Spectator awards the 1986 Chamisal Chardonnay 91 points, the first Edna Valley Chardonnay to receive this score.
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.