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Lockwood Vineyards - Monterey county.

Lockwood Vineyards has been named one of the top small production wineries in America by Wine & Spirits magazine.

Twice in the 1990s, Lockwood Vineyards has been named one of the top small production wineries in America by Wine & Spirits magazine. This annual award is based upon a winery’s overall consistency of quality in the wines they produce. It is an honor handed out to no more than fifteen out of over 1,000 small wineries across the country. Lockwood accomplished this feat in 1992 and in 1994 by consistently earning scores in the high 80s and low 90s on not just one or two wines but on the majority of their wines.

Lockwood Winery produced their first wines just 9 years ago in 1989. The inaugural 1,000 cases of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc was collectively one of the most successful new winery launches ever. Nineteen top awards and medals from the annual wine competitions were bestowed on this initial vintage. For years Lockwood wines were available only direct from the winery. During the last few years their production level has climbed to over 40,000 cases, enough to begin opening up other channels of distribution.

The ground work for the creation of Lockwood Winery actually began over 15 years ago. One of Lockwood’s partners, Paul Toeppen, was running Monterey Vineyards in the late 1970s. Paul ultimately negotiated the sale of the winery in 1979 to Coca Cola, who at the time was expanding their interests into the wine business. They had just purchased Taylor Winery in New York and were looking for an entrée into the California market. The connection with Coca Cola proved fortuitous as the soft drink giant continued to look for additional long term grape sources for their newly launched Taylor-California brand.

Recognizing the opportunity, Paul called on two veteran grape growers, Butch Lindley and Phil Johnson, to form a partnership to provide grapes to Coca Cola. Butch and Phil were long time Monterey county growers who knew the local terrain intimately. With a contract from Coca Cola in hand, the trio spent over a year researching and investigating the best potential property for what was to be one of the largest grape growing operations in northern California.
In 1981 the newly formed partnership purchased over 1,800 acres in the hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountains at the southern end of Monterey county. A wide variety of grapes were to be planted, each according to its ideal micro-climate on the vast property. The varietal mix and planting schedule was aggressive. In the first year alone, 400 acres of grapes were planted. The following year over 1,200 acres of vines were put into the ground. Ultimately, an astonishing 1,640 acres of twelve different grape varieties were carefully mapped out and rapidly planted in their most idyllic growing location.

In 1989 they decided to keep enough grapes of three different varietals to produce a thousand cases of wine made solely from their own fruit. The wines were then entered into the major wine competitions where they impressively won medal after medal. The wines did so well that the three decided to launch their own winery that same year.
Thus was the beginning of Lockwood Winery, so named after the type of soil predominant in the vineyard—Lockwood Shaley Loam. It is a chalky-type rock that provides exceptional drainage and allows grape vine roots to grow to depths of a dozen feet or more.
Through direct marketing efforts the winery established a loyal following for their wines in a matter of a few short years.. By 1993, they increased production from three wines to a dozen and continued to build their reputation as a rising star in the wine world.

Today, Lockwood Winery still produces over a dozen different wines. Their main emphasis is on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot, all of which they make an “Estate” version and a higher quality, smaller production “Partner’s Reserve” bottling. Other important varietals include, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc.