Chouinard Vineyards

Chouinard Vineyards

33853 Palomares Rd.
Castro Valley, California 94552
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Local Phone: (510) 582-9900

The winery site is located in Palomares Canyon. This area was originally a summer hunting grounds for the Ohlone Indians (Miwoks) and later became the Cook Ranch. Palomares Canyon supported both cattle and sheep grazing. In the 1940s and 50s, Royal Ann cherries were grown commercially in the canyon.

George, Caroline, and their two sons, Damian and Rick, found the property in 1977, and fell in love with the beauty of the countryside—rolling hills, streams, and wooded slopes—all within a few miles of major San Francisco Bay cities.

George, Caroline, and their sons planted the first grapes 25 years ago with an old garden tractor. At 1,000 feet above sea level, the vineyards of Palomares Canyon are cooler than much of the Central Coast region. The new San Francisco Bay appellation defines the region's cool, sometimes foggy nights and warm sunny days.

Dog Policy: 
Well-mannered dogs on leash welcome on outside patio and in tasting room. 

Dog Access:

  • Dogs allowed in tasting room
  • Dogs allowed in picnic area or patio

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