Chamisal Vineyards nominated for “American Winery of the Year”

Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

Chamisal Vineyards Winery of the Year

The Wine Enthusiasts magazine’s recognizes Chamisal’s 50th anniversary and outstanding contributions

—Chamisal Vineyards has announced that it has been nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s prestigious Wine Star Awards for “American Winery of the Year.” This year marks the 24th anniversary of the annual awards, honoring individuals and companies making outstanding contributions to the wine and alcohol beverage world.

Chamisal is known for being the first commercial vineyard planted in the area that would later become the Edna Valley AVA. The nomination recognizes Chamisal’s 50th anniversary and long history of producing acclaimed pinot noir and chardonnay from one of the coolest winegrowing regions in California, remaining true to its distinctive vibrant coastal-influenced wine style.

“It’s an honor for Chamisal to be nominated in a category that has recognized the United States’ most prestigious wineries,” says Head Winemaker Brianne Engles, the first woman appointed to the distinguished position in the winery’s 50-year history. “This recognition further compels us to continue pioneering environmentally conscious methods to produce exceptional wines inspired by the coastal charm of San Luis Obispo.”

After the iconic vineyard was one of the first in the region to become SIP (Sustainable In Practice) certified, it has gone beyond requirements to improve soil health and biodiversity by using biodynamic and regenerative farming methods. In recent years, the winery carved out a portion of its estate for a community vegetable garden on behalf of the San Luis Obispo Food Bank. Chamisal also became the first winery in the country to install a Miyawaki forest, having planted 45 species of native oak and shrubs to sequester carbon alongside its vineyard. The winery currently generates 25% of its electrical power from solar panels and is part of the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA).

Situated only five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Chamisal Vineyards experiences an especially cool and maritime-influenced climate and has been a long-time advocate of the recently recognized San Luis Obispo Coast AVA. Since the AVA’s approval in 2022, the winery was among one of the first to introduce estate wines proudly bearing the new San Luis Obispo Coast AVA on its label, providing recognition to the distinct terroir that defines this burgeoning wine region.

Chamisal Vineyards is part of the Crimson Wine Group portfolio of wineries. Crimson Wine Group is a member of the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) initiative, along with 25 other global wineries, committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To learn more, please visit

Chamisal specializes in handcrafted chardonnay and pinot noir that express the wild and inspiring beauty of its 82-acre estate vineyard. It boasts a perfect trifecta of gorgeous scenery, weather and wine with year-round events for locals and visitors alike to sip and savor. Starting this month, Chamisal will celebrate their “American Winery of the Year” nomination with special pours and events at their idyllic tasting room.

Chamisal Vineyards is located at 7525 Orcutt Rd., San Luis Obispo. Wine tasting hours are 12 – 5 p.m. Mon-Wed, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu-Sun. For reservations and more information visit or call (805) 541-9463.


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