Central Coast AVA
Made in very limited quantities, these fantastic wines are only available to mailing list customers and a handful of select retailers and restaurants
Founded in 2016 by winemaker Patrick Kelley, Cavaletti Vineyards crafts vineyard-driven wines from Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties, sourcing from vineyards in the cool coastal hills to the arid plains of the high desert. The name of the winery comes from the Italian word for ‘easel’ and highlights Patrick’s minimally interventionist philosophy of supporting and interpreting the wine, while letting the vintage take center stage. It is also a reminder that the winemaker only supports the artwork that nature provides.
Prior to starting Cavaletti Vineyards, Patrick held a successful career in the biotechnology industry and has over twenty years of sales experience. He was living in rural Ventura County with his wife and daughter and had always loved wine, but it was a particular trip to Northern Italy that really sealed the deal for him. Patrick was visiting a little village just outside Milan, and a restaurant owner poured him a glass of homemade Sangiovese out of a simple jug. He then gave Patrick a tour of his vineyard where he grew the grapes. Patrick had had plenty of wine before, but this experience sparked his interest in growing grapes and making his own wine.
He started home winemaking in his free time, and what began as a hobby soon became his next career, and an early retirement plan. Cavaletti Vineyards became a reality in 2016 with the modest release of just 4 barrels of wine.
Patrick’s goal with Cavaletti Vineyards is to ‘re-discover’ wine growing regions that have been lost to history. For instance, in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s, the region in and around Los Angeles was ground zero for premium California wine. That agricultural history has been lost to development amid skyscrapers and freeways, and only a handful of growers and winemakers are working to revive this lost heritage.
Based out of Ventura County, Patrick focuses exclusively on local vineyards within 109 miles of the winery (hence the ‘109 Mile’ name for the featured wine, the 2016 Grenache). He sources fruit from cool climate sites in Ventura County, as well as warmer climate sites in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties. He produces a range of wines including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Alicante Bouschet, and Nebbiolo, all made in very limited quantities and only available to mailing list customers and a handful of select retailers and restaurants.
We are proud to introduce this Garagiste producer to our Garagiste Wine Club members and hope you enjoy one of Patrick Kelley’s prized releases. Cheers!