Brophy Clark Cellars
Central Coast AVA
A small-lot Pinot Noir producer based on California's Central Coast
Nestled in the burgeoning wine country of California’s Central Coast, Brophy Clark Cellars is a unique partnership that combines the talents of winemaker John Clark with the viticulture expertise of his wife, Kelley Brophy Clark. Sharing a passion for wine for over thirty years, it was always a dream to someday make wine together. In 1996, that dream became a reality when they established Brophy Clark Cellars, a boutique family winery that specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rhône blends, and Zinfandel - varietals the couple feels excel in the Central Coast region.
John and Kelley each bring their own expertise to Brophy Clark Cellars, which has certainly made the winery the successful entity it is today. A native of La Jolla, California, John Clark studied chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in agricultural science/enology from Fresno State University in 1985. He got his start in the wine industry shortly thereafter when he was hired on as a cellar worker at Corbett Canyon Vineyards in the Edna Valley. Within two years, John was promoted to winemaker and was eventually named Vice President of winemaking.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Kelley Brophy Clark followed a similar educational path, earning her bachelors degree in biology from UC San Diego before going on to earn a Masters in agricultural science/viticulture from Fresno State University in 1986. Kelley was always more drawn to the viticulture side of the wine industry, and in 1988 founded her own business, Coastal Vineyard Consulting, which specializes in pest management and viticultural consulting. She now covers more than 2,000 acres on the Central Coast and consults for many of the region’s preeminent vineyards.
The industry veterans finally founded Brophy Clark Cellars together in 1996. Predictably, John handles the winemaking side and Kelley oversees the vineyard sourcing. They focus on finding the best vineyards on the Central Coast and crafting limited amounts of premium, terroir-driven wines (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Garey Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, Syrah and Grenache from the Camp 4 Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, and Zinfandel from Whale Rock Vineyard in Paso Robles). Now in its twentieth year of production, Brophy Clark Cellars is still very boutique in size, releasing just about 1,000 cases of wine each year.
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John Clark - Winemaker & Co-Owner
Co-owner John Clark is also the winemaker for Brophy Clark Cellars. For John, winemaking combines his background and training as a scientist with an appreciation for art and for one of the world’s oldest beverages. He thrives on taking risks and experimenting with his wines to discover and introduce new experiences for wine lovers to enjoy. With more than thirty years of winemaking experience, John has honed his craft and expertise throughout California’s finest wine regions and has served as winemaker for Corbett Canyon, Concannon Wines, and 10SPAN. John has a particular fondness for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and the Central Coast’s unique topography offers the ideal setting for him to focus on these two varietals.