Central Coast AVA
With a vision to create distinctive wines of uncommon quality and character, Comartin Cellars crafts small-lot, artisan wines from unique vineyards throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains and Central Coast.
Comartin Cellars was founded in 2008 by Adam and Jennifer Comartin as a small side project, aimed at showcasing the little-known Grenache grape and other unique wines. Together, Adam and Jennifer oversee every aspect of Comartin Cellars, from working with the growers and fermenting the grapes, to barrel aging and bottling the wines, and selling and marketing the finished product. It's a labor of love and they are truly dedicated to producing their distinctive, small-lot wines. Now in it's eleventh year, Comartin Cellars is still very small (releasing just 3,000 cases annually), but their ambition is big and their wines are fantastic.
Adam Comartin first fell in love with wine while backpacking through Europe at the age of nineteen. He learned about wines and the great wine growing regions of Europe, and he was especially inspired after visiting the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. It led him to the fact that he truly enjoyed Barolos and Barbarescos and it caused a life-changing decision.
"I was in an undeclared major at UC Davis," he related. "As soon as I returned to the States, I changed my major to Viticulture and Enology. It was the best decision I ever made for myself."
After graduation, Adam and his wife Jennifer traveled to Australia to experience the wonders of Australian viticulture just outside the country's heralded Barossa Valley. It was here that Adam was introduced to the Grenache grape and its exceptional wines, and he made the decision to one day make his own.
When the couple returned to California, Adam held posts at the likes of Jessie's Grove Winery in Lodi and the huge R.H. Phillips Vineyard and Winery in Esparto, California. His big break came in 2004 when he joined the winemaking staff at the most successful Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos, a mainstay of California's Central Coast region. Here, Adam honed his artistic side of winemaking and made valuable relationships with vineyard owners in Santa Barbara and throughout the Central Coast.
In 2008, Adam and Jennifer launched Comartin Cellars, initially with a focus on Grenache-based wines, but they have since expanded the portfolio to include small amounts of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and even a sparkling wine, all from carefully selected vineyards on California's Central Coast and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The tiny winery has consistently produced elegant, balanced wines, many of which are garnering awards, ratings, and recognition in the top wine industry publications. In 2013, Adam left his assistant winemaking job at Testarossa to focus solely on building his Comartin Cellars brand.
At Comartin Cellars, Adam's winemaking philosophy is built around crafting wines that reflect the specific vineyard or region from which they are from. Each vineyard site has unique characteristics which are preserved during his winemaking process, with incredible care and thoughtfulness given to decisions made during harvest, fermentation, cooperage (barrel type), and length of aging. Comartin Cellars' wines are all created with a passion to produce something special for friends and family.
We salute Adam and Jennifer Comartin for their insight in bringing Comartin Cellars into the limelight of California's heralded artisan wine community. Please enjoy one of their latest winning bottlings featured in our Pinot Noir Wine Club. Cheers!