About the winery
In 2015, a band of artists, craftspeople, and lovers of life brought their wandering imaginations and lofty aspirations to a magical piece of land in Carmel, California. Out in the sunny valley, we cultivated grapevines and gardens to craft beautiful wines and experiences to delight the senses. We named this place Folktale Winery & Vineyards. Folktale was inspired by the idea that in every great bottle of wine, there is a story. It is filled with uniqueness of place, a year of sun and rain, and the art and craft of winemaking. The story is about our people, our guests, and our passion. This is a love story, and the best love stories never end.
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History & Geography
Folktale Winery & Vineyards was originally founded in 1982 by Bob and Patty Brower, as Chateau Julien Wine Estate. In 2015, the property was acquired by local winemaker, Gregory Ahn, and renamed Folktale Winery & Vineyards. The name is inspired by the thrill of discovery, the joy of gathering, and the idea that every great bottle of wine holds a story. Our winemaking team is led by David Baird who works closely with our growers to realize a style of wine that fully expresses the terroir of Monterey County and all its diversity. Folktale wines express beautiful acid and minerality of Monterey’s cool climate and rocky soils. Focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the stars of the regions winemaking, Folktale moves away from the rich styles of the past, heading towards bright, acidic style that best expresses the county’s terroir and pairs with the region's farm-fresh foods.
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