Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill is family-owned and operated located in Kelseyville, a town tucked away in Lake County, California. They take pride in producing wines and Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the highest quality, sourced from select vineyards and estate-grown olive trees. By producing only small lots and using only the finest natural ingredients, they are able to produce artisanal products of distinction. The name Chacewater honors an ancestral family in Cornwall, England known for their adventurous and hardworking nature.
Owner/General Manager, Paul Manuel, started working for the family construction company while he was just in junior high and stayed with it for 30 years. While managing over $98 million in total sales, he worked his way from a laborer to a project foreman to a controller.
His blood and spirit, though firmly rooted in family, are also rooted in the earth and connected with the hard rock miners, his forefathers of Chacewater, England did. Therefore, he has always appreciated his own land and his home.
In 1988, he and his wife Kellye began designing and building a vineyard on their property. In 1993, they negotiated what turned out to be a ten year relationship selling their grapes to Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, California. In 2004, Paul and Kellye began taking their grapes to Lake County for custom crush processing. Ready to try his hand at running a different sort of business, one more rooted in the land, Paul acquired a 10-acre Olive Mill property in Lake County in 2008. There, he built a 10,000 square foot winery adjacent to the Olive Mill. In 2011, they release their first professionally made wines.
Winemaker, Mark Burch, grew up in Hilmar, California, an agricultural community Southwest of Modesto and was actively involved in raising livestock. He raised many a champion, each win helping him pay for an agronomy degree at community college. A harvest job with Gallo changed the direction of his career and his life. He transferred to Fresno State and changed his major to Viticulture. He continued working for Gallo while attending school and after graduation they promoted him to Production Supervisor.
Our selection shows a light lemon color, pronounced tropical fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and guava while offering a crisp and delicious finish. This is great with fried calamari.