Chacewater's owner, Paul Manuel, grew up in Grass Valley, California, just a stone's throw from Lake County. He began working at his family's construction business as a teenager and ended up running the company. But he eventually became more interested in cultivation than construction.
In 1988, Paul and his wife Kellye, began planting their own vineyard, and by 1993 they were selling grapes to Fetzer in Mendocino. They purchased their own Lake County property in 2008, with an olive mill (they also make great olive oil!) and land to build their own 10,000-square-foot winery.
When Paul was searching for a winery name, he recalled his forefathers, who were rock miners in Chacewater, England, with gratutude. "Because of their adventurous and hardworking nature," he says, "we are able to fulfill our passions today." His label honors these ancestors.
In 2011, Chacewater released their first professionally made wines. By then they knew what a gem of an area they had picked for their winery. Wine grapes had been grown in Lake County for over 100 years, supplying many of the best wineries in the state. Finally, Lake County began to get the respect it deserved.
We have always loved the Sauvignon Blancs from here and Chacewater probably makes the best of the bunch. The dense flavors and fruit components take you almost to the edge of your seat as well as your palate, but don't throw you off. Peach nectar, guava and passion fruit abound here with freshness to spare, and all the nuance and delicacy becomes apparent in its mesmerizing lime-zest finish.
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