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Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is the home of and wine producing regions such as Santa Barbara and Northern California's Wine Country.
Conveniently located only 3.3 miles from the Village of Saratoga, this working winery is close to Silicon Valley but worlds away from the everyday business environment. Hidden on a plateau oasis in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, fifty miles south of San Francisco, and 4 miles above Saratoga and Los Gatos, the estate sits on 58 acres. Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay are all farmed at the estate site. The Zinfandel plantings date back to 1910, and the Cabernet Franc planting, California's oldest to 1920. The estate Chardonnay is planted to the rare and difficult to cultivate Mountain Eden clone.
Michael and Kellie Ballard purchased the property in 1996, naming it after their two daughters, believing it a living tribute to the wine industry’s family heritage and the best icon for their family winery operation Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards pledges always to bottle wine that honors their family and to bottle wine that one can be proud to share with their own. Tony Craig, an ex-Shakespearan thespian, is the current winemaker at Savannah Chanelle in Saratoga.
Savannah-Chanelle produces in the range of eight to ten thousand cases annually, with over 80 percent dedicated to Pinot Noir. Speciality Pinot Noirs from around the state, different soils, climates, and conditions make their selection of Pinot Noir vinyeard designates and blends diverse and tasty. Many of these wines have won significant awards including best Pinot noir in the state of California at the Sacramento state fair 2005 for their 2002 Garys', as well as many other awards. Their small selection of estate wines features Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay grapes, as well as 100 year old Zinfandel vines, 70 year old Cabernet Franc, and Carrignane, and their newest youngster, Pinot Noir, bearing fruit in its 5th year of production.

Their famous house Red is named after Robert Pourroy who perished in a vat in 1942. They get fruit from Monterey county for their hefty Syrah, which also gives them a foundation for their Port, which though technically a fortified wine, is a superb accompanyment to stilton or chocolate. Savannah-Chanelle is dedicated to the production of wines that reflect the artistry of the winemaker and the marriage of vine to place in the vineyard.

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