Talbott Vineyards

 

The renowned Talbott Vineyards crafts estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir inspired by the traditions of Burgundy. With two estate vineyards located in Monterey County, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard and Diamond T Vineyard, Talbott offers a portfolio of exceptional wines to enjoy.

For more than three decades, Talbott Vineyards wines have consistently garnered praise from wine critics and enthusiasts alike, including receiving a rare 100-point score in a Wine Spectator retrospective tasting for our 1990 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay. Visit our Tasting Room in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea for a taste of our acclaimed wines.

 

Talbot Vineyards at sunset

 

 

Our Craft

Talbott Vineyards wines translate our acclaimed vineyards into every bottle we make. We farm to the vine and make wine to the barrel; these are the smallest-possible increments we can distinguish, and this is how we approach getting the very best from our vineyard into the bottle for you to enjoy.

Talbott Vineyards winemakers are keepers of a great history. Winemaker Kamee Knutson believes it is her responsibility to not only respect the past but also to innovate in the present, ushering the legacy of Talbott Vineyards into the future.

“Nothing compares to the flavors, minerality and complexity you get from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA,” says Kamee. “Sleepy Hollow Vineyard offers a stunning palette with a huge range of styles and flavor characteristics. It’s my responsibility to bring a different perspective while continuing the legacy.”

With over 20 years of winemaking experience, Kamee carries on our legacy of translating a sense of coastal California into exceptional wine. Working with the variety of clones and unique blocks in Talbott’s legendary Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is something Kamee approaches with “immense respect.”

– Kamee Knutson, Winemaker

Talbot Wines being poured

OUR ELEGANT CHARDONNAY

All of our Chardonnay undergoes the same gentle pressing process for the most delicate handling of the grape, allowing its natural characteristics to shine.

Talbot Vineyards Pinot Noir Beauty Shot

OUR EXCEPTIONAL PINOT NOIR

We use classic Burgundian techniques alongside modern methods to produce our Pinot Noir, blending tradition with contemporary practices.

Discover Our History

1950

Robert Talbott, Sr., his wife Audrey, and their son, Robb, move to Carmel, California to start a luxury tie company. Trips overseas buying silk introduces the Talbotts to the fine wines of France; the Talbotts begin to dream of using the Burgundian techniques they had become passionate about to make their own Californian wines.

1972

The legendary Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is planted for the first time. One of the first vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Sleepy Hollow has earned a reputation of producing wines of great depth and flavor.

1982

Robb Talbott launches Talbott Vineyards with his father Robert Talbott, Sr., and plants his first grapes at Diamond T Vineyard on a mountaintop in Carmel Valley.

1989

The Talbott family opens a tasting room in Carmel Valley.

1994

The Talbott family acquires the celebrated Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, becoming an all-estate winery.

1997

Talbott Vineyards 1990 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay is awarded 100 points in a special retrospective tasting by Wine Spectator

2016

The 2013 Diamond T Pinot Noir is named Wine of the Year by the Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Talbott VISION

To be recognized as an acclaimed pioneer of cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir expressions, defined by our iconic Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, that faithfully translates the vibrancy of Monterey with each vintage.

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